Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avshalom Avital
Date vessel
Phoenician coast
1st–2nd century CE
Brown glass blown in two-part mold
H: 7.3; Diam: 3.1 cm
Accession number: 76.27.22
These vessels precisely imitate the natural contours of dried dates and even reproduce their color – a shade of brown. It is possible that the molds used for making such vessels were formed around real dates.

Israeli, Yael, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir