Yellow-Green Hexagonal Glass Bottle with a Stylite Saint


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

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.

Yellow-Green Hexagonal Glass Bottle with a Stylite Saint, Moulded glass, Byzantine

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Cross on top of pillar