Jar with peaked basket handle - ROM2010_11496_23


Jar with peaked basket handle

Medium:Blown glass with trailed handle
Geography: Syrian
Date: about 275-350 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
23.7 x 14.3 x 12.7 cm
Object number: 950.157.37
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

One length of trailed glass forms the basket handle as well as the two side handles. The vessel body is also worked with a series of fifteen pinched vertical ribs.

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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