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Pilgrimage Jug with Christian Symbols

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

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




Byzantine; Jerusalem

About this artwork

Glass workshops outside the walls of Jerusalem mass-produced a series of hexagonal and octagonal jugs with Christian or Jewish symbols on their sides. The vessels with Christian symbols, like this example, have images of the cross alternating with diamond shapes. Such vessels were probably filled with oil from holy sites and sold to pilgrims.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium




Pilgrimage Jug with Christian Symbols


Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Object made in)

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578 CE–636 CE


Glass, mold-blown technique


15 × 9.1 × 7 cm (5 7/8 × 3 9/16 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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