|Dimensions||13 × 13 × 21 cm|
Handblown with a unique cocktail of molten glass characteristic of the ancient Phoenicians; the swirling translucent style and hand-made shape ensures that no two items are ever the same.
The translucent green bespeaks of the wonderful symbiosis of the ocean and the earth.
According to Pliny the Elder, the Phoenicians (inhabiting Tyre, Sidon and the surrounding area) unintentionally discovered this craft on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Belus river:
A ship belonging to traders in soda once called here, so the story goes, and they spread out along the shore to make a meal. There were no stones to support their cooking-pots, so they placed lumps of soda from their ship under them. When these became hot and fused with the sand on the beach, streams of an unknown liquid flowed, and this was the origin of glass. (Pliny, 362)
In the 1st and 2nd centuries Phoenician glass-blowers maintained a high standard in blowing techniques all through the Roman period. The wealthy people of Jesus’ day would have had items similar to this one in their homes. Now they’re being fabricated in the same old fashion by the Hebron Glass company. They often add silver or other substances to the molten glass to give the vases a distinct swirly pattern with nice contrasting colors.
Note: As these vases are produced using traditional techniques, they are often very unique in both shape and color, and differ from the picture posted. They also contain certain imperfections and stains which are absence on their machine-produced counterparts