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The invention of glassblowing led to an enormous increase in the range of shapes and designs that glassworkers could produce. Experimentation with the new technique led some craftsmen to combine it with glass-casting and pottery-molding techniques to create the so-called mold-blowing process. Mold-blown glass vessels are particularly attractive and were common in the first century A.D. The earliest makers of mold-blown glass probably came from Syria-Palestine, although their wares quickly became popular throughout the Roman empire. Cyprus, where this vessel was found, was one of many locales for glass manufacture. A few glassblowers distinguished themselves by putting their names on the molds; the most famous and gifted of these craftsmen was Ennion, who was active during the first decades of the first century A.D.
European; Southern European; Roman
Mold-blown vessel signed by Ennion
first half of 1st century A.D.
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found on Cyprus
H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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