Roman Glass Tear Bottle used In Jesus Time
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives, he prayed to God, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Before the Roman period, glass was made with a sand core mold, and was extremely expensive. But during the Roman period, glass blowing was invented, which changed the entire glass industry.
Glass became much more common, and one of the first types of vessels to be made using this new blowing technique is the small elongated bottle that we call the “tear bottle.”
This is not only because of the shape of the bottle, but also because of its use to collect tears as a part of a Roman tradition during this time.
Romans would use this bottle as a type of camera to remember times of joy, sadness, or repentance in his or her life. These bottles were often then buried with the individual to remember these events. The mourners would also collect their tears in these bottles and place them in the tomb as a way of showing respect for the deceased. These bottles are almost always found in tombs today.
This type of bottle was being made and used during Jesus’ time, and we see allusions to the tear bottle in the Bible. When Jesus was on the Mount of Olives, just before his death, he prayed “…take this cup from me…” and in the next verse, Luke tells us that Jesus’ tears turned to blood.
Authentic Roman glass tear bottle from the first century A.D. (Jesus’ time).
Used to collect tears as a Roman tradition to remember significant events in a person’s life.
Discovered in Israel.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.
Shipped direct from the Holy Land.
Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities. Located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem.