Light blue-green ribbed bowl - ROM2010_11493_65


Light blue-green ribbed bowl

Medium:Mould-cast glass
Geography: Syria-Palestine
Date: about 50-100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
5.9 x 10.3 cm
Object number: 950.157.31
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
Not on view

This vessel features 21 solid ribs with fairly square cut upper ends; the ribs do not continue under the base of the bowl.

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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