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A white glass bottle with a narrow neck decorated with reliefs of columns and vases or pitchers.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A white glass bottle with a narrow neck decorated with reliefs of columns and vases or pitchers.


1st century


Roman; Syria or Palestine

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 of glass wares like this bottle, which meant people of lesser means could afford them. Blown glass became so popular it nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in the home.


On View, Gallery 154


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman




Syria (Object made in)

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1 CE–100 CE


Glass, mold-blown


7.2 × 4 × 4 cm (2 7/8 × 1 5/8 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of George Schneider

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