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  Green glass jugs, vase and bowl  (AN1888.1284, AN1888.1286, AN1927.4500, AN1950.38)

Glass was another material that was manufactured in large quantities and widely traded for use in domestic situations during the late roman period. Unbleached glass was greenish in tint and was the most common type used. Bleaching glass produced an effect that is assumed to have imitated vessels made of rock crystal. It is possible that some coloured glass vessels imitated pieces carved from other precious stones.

Glass production flourished in Cyprus during the Roman and early Byzantine periods. On Cyprus, as part of the 'Eastern Roman' Byzantine Empire, the Late Roman traditions continued far longer than in the Western Roman Empire which fell in AD 495. That glass objects were traded extensively is attested by shipwrecks of this period with cargoes containing glass. It is very difficult to know whether a glass object was made in Cyprus or imported.


Images (l-r): Green glass jugs, donated by the Cyprus Exploration Fund (AN1888.1284, AN1888.1286); Green glass vase, donated by Sir Arthur Evans (AN1927.4500); Green glass bowl, donated by Rugby School (AN1950.38).

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