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Hexagonal Bottle

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Possibly from Syria
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Hexagonal Bottle
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 629
Creation Date: 500?629
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Glass, Mold-blown
Dimensions: H. 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
Description: Glass vessels such as these were made for Jews and Christians, possibly as tokens for pilgrims visiting the holy sites in Jerusalem or for use in burial rites. They appear to have been mass-produced in a single workshop, since the vessels for the two religions closely resemble each other in shape and style and differ only in the symbols decorating them. This vessel, intended for a Jewish patron, shows a menorah, a shofar, and a lulav in relief. Ritual elements used in Jewish festivals in synagogues were typically used to represent Judaism in this period rather than the Star of David, which appears much later.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1972.118.180
Credit Line: Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1972.118.180
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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