One handled flagon - ROM2010_11646_5


One handled flagon

Medium:Blown glass with trailed handle
Geography: Syria
Date: about 50 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
11 x 7.8 cm
Object number: 950.157.46
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

The iridescent surface of 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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