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Purple “Sidonian” flask with green handle - ROM2009_10656_6


Purple “Sidonian” flask with green handle

Medium:Mould-blown glass
Geography: Syro-Palestine
Date: about 50-100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
10 x 5.2 x 2.8 cm
Object number: 950.157.87
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
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.

The belly of this flask has six panels each decorated with a motif rendered in relief: a jug, an amphora, a square motif, two circles with boss at centre, a kantharos, and an X-motif.

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