Large plate decorated with an 8-pointed star - ROM2010_11495_51


Large plate decorated with an 8-pointed star

Medium:Blown glass with fire polish and wheel-cut ornamentation
Geography: Made in Roman Egypt; found in China
Date: about 300-400 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
3.9 x 42.7 cm, 1794.5 g
Object number: 918.21.3
Credit Line: The George Crofts 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.

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