Small flask shaped like a date - ROM2009_10656_2

ROM2009_10656_2

Small flask shaped like a date

Medium:Mould blown glass
Geography: Syria
Date: about 75-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
7.6 x 3.7 x 1.8 cm
Object number: 918.5.6
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
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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