Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ROMAN GLASS FOUND IN THE DAKHLEH OASIS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 20, 2019

Dakhleh oasis is in the Western desert of Egypt.  The human history in this oasis started during the Pleistocene, when nomadic tribes settled sometimes there, in a time when the Sahara climate was wetter and where humans could have access to lakes and marshes. But about 6,000 years ago, the entire Sahara became drier, changing progressively into a hyper-arid desert. The first contacts between the pharaonic power and the oases started around 2550 BCE.  The fortified Islamic town of Al Qasr was built at Dakhla Oasis in the 12th century probably on the remains of a Roman era settlement.  The glasses below are from the Roman period.

This link describes a very special discovery of a unique Roman painted pitcher (below) showing gladiatorial scenes. http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/ancient-cultures/files/2013/04/ismant-gladiator-jug.pdf

 

 

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  1. Stuartinnz said, on April 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    What a truly amazing object. Thanks for sharing and drawing attention to it.


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