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

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.

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.

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