Glass triple-bodied bottle


British Museum

British Museum

It is comparatively easy to make a bottle with a double body, the sections being formed by drawing a wooden tool up and down to form the partitions. This triple-bodied flask must have been made in the same way, but the glassmaker would have required great skill to achieve three partitions. A number of double-bodied flasks come from the Rhineland, but one in The British Museum comes from Mt. Carmel in modern Israel. This triple-bodied piece, however, is said to come from Crete. This suggests that a glasshouse in the east also produced these types. The double-bodied pieces are rather smaller than this triple-bodied example and could have served as oil bottles. This one may have had a similar purpose, though for rather greater quantities.

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  • Title: Glass triple-bodied bottle
  • Date Created: 100/200
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 22.00cm; Diameter: 16.00cm (body); Diameter: 2.60cm (rim)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: blown
  • Registration number: 1881,0406.1
  • Production place: Made in Syria. Made in Israel
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Heraklion
  • Period/culture: Roman
  • Material: glass
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased through Rollin & Feuardent. Purchased through Sotheby's


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