Roman glass dish, 2nd-3rd century A.D.

The first and second centuries A.D. belong to the period known as High Imperial Rome, that is, the time of splendor of the Roman Empire. It is a flourishing period thanks to the arrival in power of Augustus, who brought about powerful changes in the Empire that had an impact on Roman art. It is a dish for domestic use made of blown glass. The history of glass is more than three thousand years old, (II Millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia and Egypt). The first pieces were made by modelling on sand cores to which ornaments of various kinds were added. This was an expensive method of production and therefore reserved for the social elite of the time until the first century B.C. of blown glass, which caused a real revolution in trade and the introduction of it in the most modest social strata.


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