Roman glass tear bottle Collector used during the first century A.D. (Time of Jesus)
First Century Roman Glass Tear Collecting Bottle
From the time of Jesus
Before the Roman period, glass was very valuable and very scarce. Glass vessels were made in a sand core mold and were limited to only very small vessels. Around the beginning of the first century, the Romans developed the technique of glass blowing, which allowed the creation of many new designs and shapes, and led to the widespread use of glass in the entire Roman Empire. This style was one of the first blown glass vessels, and is known as the “tear bottle” or “tear collector” because of both its shape and function. During the first century, these bottles were used to collect the tears to remember the significant events in a person’s life (much like a camera today). People in mourning would save these bottles and leave them in the grave of the deceased. In the Bible, the tradition of collecting tears in bottles is mentioned by King David in Psalms 56:8, “…put my tears into your bottle, are they not written in your book? “ In Luke 7:38, a sinful woman washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, and dries them with her hair. These tears were probably saved and carried in a bottle such as this one. The tear bottle is a unique piece of history from the time of Jesus, which symbolizes repentance in Christ.
Height: 11 cm
Found in caves near Bethlehem
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