Fragment of a Byzantine glass phial

< 1 of 1 > Back

From St Andrews, Fife

Postcard of Fragment of a Byzantine glass phial.
© National Museums Scotland

Fragment of a Byzantine glass phial

This fragment of a Byzantine glass phial was found at St Andrews in Fife. It was made in the eastern Mediterranean and may have reached Scotland as an aristocratic gift. It may then have been presented to the church as a valuable gift from a local leader.

The fragment is the base and lower body of a small, cylindrical glass phial. It is of clear glass with purple swirl design.

This item may originally have been used to contain holy oil. It would have been valued as an exotic, prestigious item and its associations with Byzantium - if realised - would have given it additional religious importance.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-100-103-240-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.761
Date: 700 - 900 AD
Between 700 and 900
Material: Glass
What: Phial / sherd
Where: Middle East, Byzantium
Scotland, Fife, St Andrews
Description: Sherd of Byzantine glass phial, from St Andrews, Fife, 700 - 900 AD
Related Records:
< 1 of 1 > Back
Powered by Scran