Conical knobbed beaker - ROM2009_10656_7


Conical knobbed beaker

Medium:Mould blown glass
Geography: Syrian, or possibly North Italian
Date: about 50-100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
12.6 x 7 cm
Object number: 950.157.40
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

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.

This beaker, with its large almond-shaped bosses, was blown in a three-part mould. Faint ridges are seen upon close inspection of the glass indicating where each the mould sections would have met.

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