c. 350-450 A.D.
A cosmetic jar made of greenish glass with rounded body, wide neck and collared rim. An attached handle from rim to shoulder on either side. Applied dark turquouise thread decoration on body. Iridescence present. Found in Jerusalem. Excellent and original condition.
3.7 inches (9.1 cms) high; 2.6 inches (5.7 cms) diameter
Plexiglas stand, shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority
Yael Israeli, “The Wonders of Ancient Glass at the Israel Museum”, (Jerusalem, 1998)
N. Kunina, “Ancient Glass in The Hermitage Collection”, (St. Petersburg, 1997)
Already in ancient times glass was extolled for its usefulness, its beauty, and its mystique, qualities that continue to charm us until today. The enigma surrounded the invention of glassblowing may be explained, at least in part, by the discovery of the waste material from 1st century BC glass workshop in the Old City of Jerusalem. The first blown-glass vessels were small containers for storing precious liquids such as perfumes and ointments.