Roman Janus-Head Glass Flask
C. 3rd-4th century AD
A nice translucent green mould-blown Janus-head flask of the Roman God Janus, depicting two identical youthful faces with curly hair. The flask has a short cylindrical neck with an everted rim.
Janus is unusual as he is depicted having two faces looking at opposite directions, one towards the past and the other towards the future. Janus is the Roman god of gates, doorways, passages and endings.
Repaired neck otherwise excellent detail and a nice example.
Ex Sheppard and Cooper, Ex Cambridge Gentleman’s Collection.