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 CE, 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, which meant people of lesser means could afford it. Blown glass became so popular it nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in the home. The technical achievements and prestige of glass continued through the Byzantine period.
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- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- 400 CE–600 CE
- Glass, blown technique
- H. 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.); diam. 5.1 cm (2 in.)
- Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson