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Urn

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

Mid–1st/2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Lidded glass urns were among the largest blown-glass vessels produced by the Romans. Manufactured as storage jars, they were also used as burial containers for cremated human remains and have been unearthed primarily in the western part of the Roman Empire, including Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. While Roman glassmakers could produce a range of vibrant colors, the translucent, blue-green color of this urn was achieved naturally due to the presence of iron oxide in the raw materials used in its production.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Urn

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

50 CE–200 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

a (urn): 33.3 × 19 × 19 cm (13 1/8 × 7 1/5 × 7 1/5 in) b (lid): 30.4 × 10.1 × 10 cm (12 × 4 × 3.96 in)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Classical Art Society and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander, William and Ann Roberts, and Philip Morris Companies, Inc., through the Classical Art Society in honor of Kurt Luckner

Reference Number

1999.263a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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