Pyxis with flat base - ROM2010_11496_28


Pyxis with flat base

Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Syro-Palestine
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

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.

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.

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