Ribbed bowl - 950.157.160_2_2009


Ribbed bowl

Medium:Mould-made glass
Geography: Syria
Date: about 75 BC-25 AD
Period: Roman Republican to Roman Imperial period
4.7 x 16.2 cm
Object number: 950.157.160
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionBefore 50 BC, glassware was scarce for Romans because production methods were time-consuming and expensive. One technique, called mould-cast glass, involved the laborious process of pouring molten glass into prepared moulds; the bowls shown here are most typical of this early Roman glass production. But around 50 BC, glass-blowing was invented in the Syria–Palestine region, revolutionizing the glass industry. Glass vessels could now be made cheaply and quickly, in vast quantities. Glassware for everyday use was soon mass-produced in factories throughout the Roman Empire.
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