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 Syro-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 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.

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