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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:

1st-3rd century

Artist:

Ancient Mediterranean

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 cheaper and less labor-intensive production, making it affordable to people of lesser means. This container would have been just one object among the array of mirrors, combs, palettes for mixing cosmetics, bottles and other containers used to beautify well-to-do Romans.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Bottle

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

1 CE–300 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

12.1 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm (4 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1169

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