Bowl - ROM2010_11493_84



Medium:Blown and trailed glass
Geography: Said to be found at Hebron, Palestine
Date: about 150-225 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
5.5 x 13.3 cm
Object number: 927.15.3
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

Before 50 BC, glassware was scarce for Romans because production methods were time-consuming and expensive. One technique, called mould-cast glass, involved the laborious process of pouring molten glass into prepared moulds; the bowls shown here are most typical of this early Roman glass production. But around 50 BC, glass-blowing was invented in the Syria–Palestine region, revolutionizing the glass industry. Glass vessels could now be made cheaply and quickly, in vast quantities. Glassware for everyday use was soon mass-produced in factories throughout the Roman Empire.

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