Roman glass tear bottle


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Roman blue/green glass Tear Bottle, with slender neck and bulbous body.

Price:  SOLD

Size: 11,4 x 2 cm

Period: c. 100 -200 AD

Condition: Intact

Provenance: Belgium private collection
after that: private collection Netherlands in 2010

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  • Tear Catchers were commonly used during Ancient Roman times, with mourners filling glass bottles with their tears, and placing them in tombs as a symbol of their respect for the deceased.

    It was also used to show remorse, guilt, love and grief.

    The women cried during the procession, and the more tears collected in tear bottles meant the deceased was more important.