Roman glas bottles, 2-3 AD.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Roman glas bottles, 2-3 AD.

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The bottles' long necks are a product of the blowing technique used to make them. By dipping a blowpipe into molten mixture, a glasmaker could then mould the mixture into a variety of shapes. The Romans were one of the first cultures to manufacture glas. Having mixed sand with other ingredients, the glasmakers would then heat this 'batch' in a furnace, and as it cooled the glas was formed.

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