Snake-thread flask - ROM2010_11487_56


Snake-thread flask

Medium:Blown glass with trailed glass decoration
Geography: Syria-Palestine
Date: c. 200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
30.5 x 11.8 cm
Object number: 972.301
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

This flask is one of the largest known examples with snake-like applied patterns. The use of plain glass trails, with crimped treatment, is typical of Syro-Palestinian examples.

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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