Probably Italy, 1st-2nd century C.E.
- Glass: mold-blown
- Height: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) Length: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm) Width: 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of Judith Riklis, 1981-289
- Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
This bottle was created through a process known as mold-blowing. A glassblower would blow a glob of hot glass into a wood or clay mold, and the glass vessel would take the shape of the mold. A benefit of mold-blowing was that it made possible the mass-production of utilitarian wares of uniform size and shape.
It was not possible in ancient times to make a truly colorless glass. The light blue color of the glass in this example is typical of glass made in Italy. "Clear" glass from Syria, Lebanon, and Israel had a greenish tinge.