Date Made/Found: 100-200 AD
Material and Medium: Glass
Dimensions: Overall: 123.8mm (4 7/8in.)
Overall (Base): 71.1mm (2 13/16in.)
Overall (Lip): 85.7mm (3 3/8in.)
A complete Roman glass vessel found in Palestine. Glass blowing was invented in the 1st century BC and the Romans quickly adopted this technique to make all kinds of vessels. Roman craftspeople were highly skilled. Blowing allowed the mass-production of large bottles and jars for everyday use and experimentation with decoration and colour meant making vessels of complex form and design was possible. Roman glass was made with soda from Mediterranean marine plants or minerals. Some towns in Roman Britain developed a glass-blowing industry; however this glass was made by re-melting broken vessels, known as ‘cullet’. Glass is a very fragile material which easily breaks. It is rare to find complete vessels on archaeological sites in Britain. Museums Sheffield has a rich collection of Roman glass from around the Mediterranean and eastern Roman Empire.
Weston Park Museum