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Bottle

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

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

12th-13th century

Artist:

Ancient Mediterranean

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome to create tableware and containers for oils and perfume. The variety of glass-making techniques reveals the changing tastes and fashions over the centuries. During the 1st century, cast glass was a novel form and a luxury for Roman households. By the end of the century, however, innovations in technique allowed for cheaper and less labor-intensive production, making it affordable to people of lesser means. Blown glass nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in popularity. This prestige carried well into the Byzantine period.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Bottle

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

1101–1300

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

19.5 × 10.5 × 10.5 cm (7 7/8 × 4 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.418

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