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Basic Information

Accession Number:1895A18
Collection:Antiquities - Classical Greek & Roman
Date:250 AD - 400 AD


Small glass flasks like this were used to hold the perfumes and scented oils that fashionable Roman men and women wore. This example was found at Tyre, in Lebanon. This flask is made of blown glass. Glass blowing was probably invented in Phoenicia (modern Lebanon) in the 1st century BC. The technique soon spread throughout the Roman Empire and made glass vessels relatively cheap.

Purchased from Mr Thomas Swan.

Further Information

Production Period:Roman
Place of Origin:Tyre, Lebanon
Place of Excavation:Tyre, Lebanon


Height:135 mm
Diameter:95 mm