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Luminescent Byzantine Glass Jar with Purple Swirls


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Byzantine: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1353875

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Luminescent Byzantine Glass Jar with Purple Swirls, Constantinople, ca 4th - 5th. Intact and in excellent condition. 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Ex: Gershon Bineth collection, Israel. According to Art History Summary, Byzantine period glass offers the possibility of creating not only beautiful glass mosaic, but it also applies to the glassware for windows. Those magnificent paints made of colored glass were made to get the viewer’s attention on the characters and narratives scenes represented in them. This achievement was possible mainly thanks to the light coming from the outside. Glass was also used to make perfumes jars, to keep liquids; lamps and container for drinking. Byzantium produced a few colored glasses adorned with a décor where the painting with polychrome enamels and gold are used to draw foliage decorated with animals or characters within medallions. Amulets of glass molding, glass yarn bracelets, pearls in glass paste, small jewels and the false cameos also formed part of productions; mainly in the Mediterranean region, although it is possible that they were also done in Constantinople. Experimenting with different substances artisan glass blower’s get interesting shades of color, they often produce incised or engrave decorations that were either simple, geometrical, or more elaborate with figurative motifs. Have been preserved as well glass work decorated with Jewish and Christian symbols from the Paleo-Christian period or with animals and plants, been those last ones more often done during the iconoclast period. Experimenting with different substances artisan glass blower’s get interesting shades of color, they often produce incised or engrave decorations that were either simple, geometrical, or more elaborate with figurative motifs. Have been preserved as well glass work decorated with Jewish and Christian symbols from the Paleo-Christian period or with animals and plants, been those last ones more often done during the iconoclast period.