“Sidonian” bottle in the form of a bunch of grapes - ROM2010_11496_83


“Sidonian” bottle in the form of a bunch of grapes

Medium:Mould-blown glass
Geography: Syria
Date: 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
7.4 x 4.3 x 2.6 cm
Object number: 950.157.261
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

“Sidonian” vessels feature relief decoration made by blowing glass into moulds.

Glassware 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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