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ROMAN SIDONIAN GLASS AMPHORA, 1ST CENTURY AD

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ROMAN SIDONIAN GLASS AMPHORA, 1ST CENTURY AD
"From this point on we must go back to the coast and to Phoenicia. There was formerly a town called Crocodilon, and there still is a river of that name…Then comes Cape Carmel…Next are Getta, Geba, and the river Pacida or Belus…Close to this river is Ptolemais…Next Tyre, once an island separated from the mainland by a very deep sea-channel 700 yards wide, but now joined to it by the works constructed by Alexander when besieging the place…but the entire renown of Tyre now consists in a shell-fish and a purple dye!…Next are Zarephath and the city of birds (Ornithon oppidum), and Sidon, the mother-city of Thebes in Boetia where glass is made. (Pliny, Natural History V.75-76, 77 -79 A.D.)". Culture: Sidonian. Date 1st Century A.D. Material: Glass. Condition: Intact, with few stress cracks, good iridescence, with custom base stand. Provenance: Ex: American private collection, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Measurements: 4.9 inches high (12.5 cms). Blown in two-part mold, with horizontal ribs. Cf: no. 68, Benzian collection, no. 152, Constable-Maxwell collection, 3000 Jahre Glaskunst, exhibition catalogue, Lucerne 1981, p. 79, no. 258. Our vast inventory of ancient art includes one of the finest and most comprehensive ancient glass collections ever assembled; it includes nearly every variety of pre-Roman, Roman, and Eastern Mediterranean ancient glass. If you have any specific inquiries, please let us know.


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