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Roman Glass Vessel - GF.0352
Origin: Israel
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high
Collection: Classical
Medium: Glass


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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Glass: Shiny, hard, fragile - shattering in an instant or surviving for thousands of years-a rigid liquid that is worked in a molten state- too hot to touch, but often made by hand- molded, blown, cut, engraved, enameled, or painted. Of the craftsman, it demands the ultimate in steady nerves, skill, control, judgment, and spontaneity.

-Zerwick, Chloe. A Short History of Glass.

Glass, a material developed in the eastern Mediterranean region, largely came to Rome with its makers, Syrian and Judean craftsmen, many of who were slaves. Between the mid-first century B.C. and the early seventh century A.D., Roman glassmaking was influenced not only by the changing values and tastes of the Roman world, but also by historical events. Many new techniques of glassmaking were introduced along the way. Each glass vessel, in its shape and decoration, is therefore a record of the times in which it was made.

This stunning vessel is a marvel of ancient sophistication and appreciation of beauty. It is doubtful that such a splendid bottle would be forged by modern craftsmen. Unfortunately, efficiency and multiplicity dominate most craft industries today. We have sacrificed beauty and individuality in order to achieve quickness and mass-production. However, this vessel is a reminder of other times, where beauty and skill were prized over all other qualities. When one considers the time involved in gathering and producing the oils or perfumes that once filled bottle, we begin to discover the splendor of ancient times and the wonder of individual hand- craftsmanship. Over the ages, the surface of the glass has acquired a gorgeous iridescent patina that sparkles like a rainbow. Today we value affordability and durability over artistry; this vessel would still be treasured and unique if it was just blown. However, the fact that this bottle represents the glories of antiquity and Ancient Rome makes it that much more magnificent.
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