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Bulbous Long-Necked Bottle

2nd-3rd century AD
North of Syria

Ancient Syrian glass productions spread all over the ancient world and traded all over the Mediterranean basin. The National Museum of Damascus possesses an important collection of Syrian glass from the Phoenician period. These are long-necked bottles which were made through pouring on a sandy and clay mass. The method works by fixing a bulb on the side of the clay sandy mass then it is dipped in the melted glass to take the form of the mold. After that a glass string with different colors is spiraled around the vessel for decoration. Then it is rolled on a solid mass, so the glass strings are embedded into the body of the vessel. Then the base and the handle are added.

This object is an example following the above-mentioned method. We find the small protrusions on the two sides of the bottle as handles, and there is separate base for its placement.

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