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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

Artist:

Late Roman or early Byzantine; coast of Syria or Palestine

About this artwork

Byzantine glassmakers refined the techniques they inherited from their Roman predecessors, creating objects with increasingly elaborate forms and complex decorative elements to flaunt their skills. Cosmetic containers were often adorned with fine strands (trails) of glass that required a steady hand and rapid execution, while other vessels look quite complex yet were easily made. Glass continued to be used in objects of personal adornment such as jewelry, both as a material in its own right and to imitate precious stones, offering more affordable options for what was in fashion.

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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