Bottle

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

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  • A work made of glass, mold-blown technique.

Date:

1st century AD

Artist:

Roman; coast of 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.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Bottle

Origin

Syria

Date

1 AD–100 AD

Medium

Glass, mold-blown technique

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of George Schneider

Reference Number

1891.24

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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