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Late Roman/Early Byzantine Glass Flask - GF.0240
Origin: Lebanon
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 4.875" (12.4cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: Byzantine Art
Medium: Glass


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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Glass has been prized by mankind for centuries. The qualities that delighted the ancients, the clarity, transparency, brilliance and malleability of glass, are the same ones that appeal to modern sensibilities. Early writers described glass in terms of wonderment: "Congealed of air, condensed of sunbeams, molded from the light of the open plain, or peeled from a white pearl." The passage of centuries serves to make glass even lovelier than when it was new, for time graces its surface with a jewel-like iridescence. We today cannot help but marvel that something so delicately lovely has survived since the twilight of classical culture. Did it once contain a perfume as rare and precious as the flask itself? As we take pleasure in its beauty, we transcend the ages, and share our emotions with the citizens of a vanished world. - (GF.0240)

 

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