Purple glass flagon with handle - ROM2010_11493_28


Purple glass flagon with handle

Medium:Blown glass with trailed ribbed handle
Geography: Found at Wadi al-Shari'a, made in Syria-Palestine
Date: about 275-325 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
14.2 x 9.3 cm
Object number: 926.13.4
Credit Line: Gift of John Firstbrook
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

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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