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Roman Glass Vessels

AD 300 - 400

Selection of small glass Roman vessels from the Lebanon.  

The vessels are part of a small collection of Roman objects donated to the museum. Glass blowing was the main techniques relating to glassware at the time these vessels were created.

Roman glass production relied on the application of heat to fuse primary ingredients: Sand (silica) was melted at high temperature and the molten glass picked up on a long metal tube through which air was blown, inflating the glass like a balloon. The glass could then be blown into a mould or shaped and decorated while soft.

The glass is incredibly thin and the iridescent nature of the glass is a sign of the decomposition. The four examples shown are often described as Aqua glass.