Carinated amphoriskos - ROM2010_11495_64

ROM2010_11495_64

Carinated amphoriskos

Medium:Core-wound glass
Geography: Probably Syria
Date: about 175-50 BC
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
14.8 x 6.9 x 6 cm
Object number: 950.157.20
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
Description

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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