Roman Glass Balm Jar – Ribbed Decoration


Roman Period Decorated Glass Jar

  • Decorated glass jar
  • Greenish glass with ribbed decoration
  • Used for holding medicinal balm
  • Very good condition
  • IAA Export Approval available.
  • Certificate of authenticity included.

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Glass Jar from the Roman period with Ribbed Decoration

During the Roman period, a variety of glass vessel types came into use. Short, round-bodied Roman glass jars such as this one likely held non-pourable substances such as balm. Several jars similar to this one appeared in archaeological excavations along with physician’s tools. This suggests that the balms contained in these jars had for medical purposes.

“Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughters of my people?” – Jeremiah 8:22

“Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.”  – Jeremiah 51:8

This decorated glass jar from the Roman period features beautifully decorations of ribs that swirl around the body of the jar. It has a rounded body, a narrowing neck, and a wide, thickened rim. The base is slightly pushed up for stability.

Height: 3.1″ Inches / 11 Cm.

Width: 2.9″ Inches / 10 CM.

Antiquities from the land of the Bible are great investments and teaching tools. They bring the Bible to life in a tangible way, connecting the stories of the Bible with real artifacts that illuminate the text.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.

Shipped direct from Jerusalem.

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. 


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