“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 the Near East 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 advent of Christianity changed the local burial practices. Most Roman glass-making techniques likely originated in Syria or Palestine, being transmitted elsewhere by artisans from this region.

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