Globular "ampulla" sprinkler bottle - ROM2010_11496_25


Globular "ampulla" sprinkler bottle

Medium:Blown glass with pinched decoration
Geography: From Syria
Date: about 175-250 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
10.2 x 5.6 cm
Object number: 909.3.22
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

This type of bottle is also known as a dropper-flask or ampulla-flask. The base of the neck is closed off by a folded diaphragm of glass with a small central aperture that permits only small drops of the bottle's contents to pass through.

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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