Date: mid-5th–7th century
Geography: Made in Syria (?)
Medium: Moulded glass
Dimensions: Overall: 8 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 9/16 in. (21.7 x 6.4 x 6.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Carleton S. Coon, 1961
Accession Number: 61.247
The stylite saints depicted on tall glass vessels made in Syria were men who renounced the world and lived atop pillars (styloi). Most renowned was Saint Symeon the Stylite the Elder (389–459), whose pillar on the mountain of Qal‘at Sem‘an, near Antioch, became the center of a large pilgrimage complex. Pilgrims collected dirt from the base of his column.