Olive-green conical lamp - ROM2010_11597_32


Olive-green conical lamp

Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Said to be from Damascus, Syria
Date: about 300-400 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
12.8 x 7.6 cm
Object number: 930X133
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium

Glass flasks, jars, beakers, and small toiletry flasks of uniform fabric were popular during this era. To embellish these vessel, artisans enjoyed applying trail and coil decorations, heavy threads, frills, and zigzag patterns. Sometimes they added coil upon coil of glass to form very fancy and elaborate handles. A two-colour scheme was frequently employed.

The use of conical glass vessels as lamps for daily use (and later in religious services) was another Syro-Palestinian innovation. Their light was more evenly diffuse and they burned longer than clay lamps.
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