Jar - ROM2010_11670_31

ROM2010_11670_31

Jar

Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Syria
Date: about 175-300 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
10 x 6.6 cm
Object number: 950.157.240
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
Description

The iridescent surface of some ancient glass is the result of decay. Humidity fluctuations and acidic soil conditions cause a gradual eating-away of the surface as the glass breaks down into its natural components. A refractive film of decay builds up, producing the rainbow colours.




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