Unguentarium - 972.117.39_1

972.117.39_1

Unguentarium

Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Syria-Palestine
Date: c. 50 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
11.6 x 4.5 cm
Object number: 972.117.39
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William C.C. Van Horne
Not on view
DescriptionGlassware was one of the primary industries in Syria-Palestine from about 200 BC onward. Thousands of specimens of Syro-Palestinian glass survive: it was a common grave-offering in the rock-cut tombs of the region - until the 5th century AD, when the spread of Christianity changed the local burial practices. Most Roman glass-making techniques likely originated in greater Syria (modern Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and the Hatay Province of Turkey - referred to by the geographical term Syria-Palestine since Roman times) being transmitted elsewhere by artisans from this region.
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