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Bottle

A work made of glass, mold-blown.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, mold-blown.

Date:

probably 3rd century

Artist:

Roman; Syria

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome as containers for oils, perfume, and tablewares. The variety of glass-making techniques reveals the changing tastes and fashions over the centuries. During the 1st century A.D., cast glass was a novel form that was a luxury for the Roman household, but by the end of the century, the innovation of blown glass allowed for less labor-intensive and less expensive production, which meant people of lesser means could afford it. Blown glass became so popular it nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in the home.

Status

On View, Gallery 154

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Bottle

Place

Syria (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

201 CE–300 CE

Medium

Glass, mold-blown

Dimensions

13.6 × 6.6 × 6.6 cm (5 3/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1944.446

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