Roman glass tear bottle with flat bottom and slender long neck.
Size: 9 x 4,5 cm
Period: c. 100- 200 AD
Provenance: Belgium private collection
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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.