Transparent light-green beaker - ROM2010_11496_55


Transparent light-green beaker

Medium:Blown glass with worked rim
Geography: Syria-Palestine
Date: about 75-100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
8.8 x 7.3 cm
Object number: 950.157.183
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
Not on view

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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