Bowl

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

4th/5th century AD

Artist:

Late Roman or Byzantine; Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

Late Antique Glass
Glass vessels were part of the luxurious domestic decoration displayed in wealthy households in both urban villas and rural estates in the later Roman and early Byzantine eras (about 300–725). Glass vessels were used for a variety of purposes, including cosmetic containers. In the kitchen and for dining, pitchers served water and wine, and small cups were used for drinking. Glass was also used for lamps to light the home.

Byzantine glass craftsmen improved upon the techniques, forms, and decorative motifs they had inherited from their Roman predecessors. An imperial edict of 337 exempted glassworkers from personal taxes and attested to their relative status in society; it remained in effect for several centuries. These artisans would, in turn, pass on their craft to successive generations, including those who worked under Islamic rule after the important Byzantine provinces of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria were conquered in the seventh century.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Byzantine

Title

Bowl

Origin

Syria

Date

301 AD–500 AD

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

7.5 × 16.4 × 16.4 cm (3 × 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1945.670

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