Pyxis with flat base - ROM2010_11496_28


Pyxis with flat base

Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Syria
Date: about 25-125 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
4.5 x 7.4 cm
Object number: 950.157.74
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

With heavy folded mouldings at the rim and base, the form of this blue glass vessel has been identified as derived from a known Gallo-Roman pottery type.

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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