Purple “Sidonian” flask with green handle - ROM2009_10656_6


Purple “Sidonian” flask with green handle

Medium:Mould-blown glass
Geography: Possibly Sidon, Lebanon
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

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.

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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