Dish, Glass, Roman

Production date
Circa 4th Century CE
Country
Italy
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Object detail

Description
Complete transparent pale green dish with bluish tinge. The vessel rim is folded outward.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
Circa 4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H55mm x W230mm x D230mm
Media/Materials description
Glass
History and use
Glassmaking has evolved through the centuries. Techniques have included inflating glass using a blowpipe (blown), using open moulds (casting), and covering a core with glass (core formed). Artists began to experiment with colour, design, patterns and inlays, which were added for special embellishment. Small imperfections are present - handles are not always level, the body may contain air bubbles, yet these lend uniqueness and charm to each item. Glass was often a luxury item. Platters, dishs, shallow bowls and beakers were common items among glass tableware of Roman households. Large dishes such as this may have been used to serve meat or fish, the central depression holding a flavoured sauce.
Registration number
E40204

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