Jar with peaked basket handle - ROM2010_11496_23

ROM2010_11496_23

Jar with peaked basket handle

Medium:Blown glass with trailed handle
Geography: Syro-Palestine
Date: about 275-350 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
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
Description

Glassware was one of the primary industries in the Near East 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 advent of Christianity changed the local burial practices. Most Roman glass-making techniques likely originated in Syria or Palestine, being transmitted elsewhere by artisans from this region.

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.

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