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Late Roman Glass Sprinkler - GF.0212
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 300 AD to 400 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Glass

Additional Information: Found in Bethlehem
Location: United States
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The narrow hole in the neck of this glass bottle identifies it as a sprinkler. Such vessels, perhaps filled with scented water, were shaken to perfume the air in homes or in shrines during religious festivals. Its elegant simplicity of line is as pleasing to the modern eye as it no doubt was to the classical culture that created it. As we hold it in our hands today, we are aware of the touch of other hands long ago. What dreams and passions moved the person who last held it in antiquity? We shake the vessel gently, but it is filled only with the melancholy perfume of a vanished world. - (GF.0212)


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