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Flask in the Shape of a Head

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

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

Date:

3rd century

Artist:

Roman; Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

Glass in the Roman World
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 A.D., 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.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Flask in the Shape of a Head

Origin

Syria

Date

201 CE–300 CE

Medium

Glass, mold-blown technique

Dimensions

13.7 × 8.6 × 8.5 cm (5 3/8 × 3 3/8 × 3 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1944.444

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