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The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Although its place of origin is not known, many features of this aqua-colored Roman glass amphora suggest that it was made in Syria in the 200s A.D.: the sagging, sack-shaped body; the distinctively-shaped handles; and the single trail of glass decorating the neck. The area of Syria and Palestine was an important glass-producing region of the Roman Empire.

An example of the everyday glass vessels used by the Romans, this jar was blown free-form rather than into a mold. The neck decoration and the handles were added before the body cooled.

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  • Title: Amphora
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 3rd century
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Amphora
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 78.AF.35
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 101E, Glass
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Near Eastern, Syro-Palestinian
  • Classification: Vessels


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