Blue aryballos with two handles - ROM2010_11487_43


Blue aryballos with two handles

Medium:Blown glass with trailed handles
Geography: Syria
Date: 25-125 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
7.3 x 2.3 cm
Object number: 950.157.230
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionBefore 50 BC, glassware was scarce for Romans because production methods were time-consuming and expensive. One technique, called mould-cast glass, involved the laborious process of pouring molten glass into prepared moulds; the bowls shown here are most typical of this early Roman glass production. But around 50 BC, glass-blowing was invented in the Syria–Palestine region, revolutionizing the glass industry. Glass vessels could now be made cheaply and quickly, in vast quantities. Glassware for everyday use was soon mass-produced in factories throughout the Roman Empire.
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