This exhibition introduces visitors to the art of glassmakers active in the Roman province of Syria, which used to stretch across what is now Syria, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Cyprus.
According to ancient records, it was there that transparent glass was first produced and the glassblowing technique involving the use of a blowpipe was mastered, including the most complicated method of blowing glass into a divided mould. This multi-step technique required virtuoso skills, allowing glassmakers to decorate the surface of their vessels with exquisitely intricate ornamental reliefs. This exhibition displays six works of the best-known glassmaker, Ennion. It also features pieces produced by the workshops that were under his influence. A total of over 50 exhibits are to go on display, including the Hermitage exhibits along with the items from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, London, and the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.