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Flat Flask

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

5th-6th century

Artist:

Byzantine; Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

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), and were used for a variety of purposes, including cosmetic containers, pitchers for water or wine, and small cup for drinking. 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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Byzantine

Title

Flat Flask

Place

Byzantine Empire (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

401 CE–600 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

23 × 17.1 × 2.8 cm (9 × 6 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1114

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