Small purple flask with two white handles - ROM2010_11670_13


Small purple flask with two white handles

Medium:Blown glass with trailed decorations
Geography: Syro-Palestine
Date: about 275-350 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
10.4 x 6.6 cm
Object number: 950.157.108
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

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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