Glass Bottle from the Roman period
The use of glass vessels was widespread during the time of Jesus and the following centuries. With the invention of glassblowing, glass vessels became affordable and readily accessible. They offered a prettier, more delicate variation on the more common clay vessels from that time. Due to their fragile nature, it is uncommon for Roman glass vessels to survive the centuries. This makes them rare finds.
Bottles such as this one would have stored liquids, such as vinegar or wine. Perhaps a jar like this held the sour wine offered to Jesus as he hung on the cross:
“Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture, He said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.” – John 19:28–29
This bottle features an elongated body. It has a narrowed neck, a flaring rim, and a flattened bottom. It is made of bluish green glass. This color is typical of ancient glass made in the Holy Land, particularly in the region of Galilee.
Height:4.5″ Inches / 11 CM.
Width:2′ inches / 5 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.