Roman glass bottles, 3rd to 5th century AD.
Glass bottle, long neck, two handles, Roman, 251-450AD. Glass appears to have been produced as far back as the second millennium BC by the Egyptians and perhaps the Phoenicians. Around the end of the 1st century BC glass-blowing was developed, whereby intricate and symmetrical shapes could be produced. With the backing of the powerful Roman Empire glass-blowing made glass products more accessible to the common people, and as the size of the Roman Empire increased the art of glass-making spread to many countries. Roman glass bottles were possibly used for ointments.
- Currently on display in:
- The Science and Art of Medicine
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