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Jar

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

3rd/4th century AD

Artist:

Late Roman or early Byzantine; coast of Syria or Palestine

About this artwork

Glass containers were used to store cosmetics, including scented oils and kohl, a mineral compound used to dramatic effect to darken eyelids and eyelashes. Over time, the appearance of these vessels became more elaborate and whimsical, including threads of molten glass applied to create the type of delicate decoration seen here.

On View

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 153

Culture

Byzantine

Title

Jar

Origin

Levant

Date

201 CE–400 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

6.4 × 6.2 × 6.2 cm (2 1/2 × 2 7/16 × 2 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1129

Extended information about this artwork

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