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window-pane

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1772,0317.21

  • Description

    This bluish-green window pane is made up of several pieces. The edges are fairly smooth, so they perhaps form a complete pane. It is thicker (3mm) than most modern house window panes.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1-70 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 centimetres (approx)
    • Width: 31 centimetres (approx)
    • Thickness: 0.4 centimetres (approx)
  • Location

    G70/10

  • Science

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    Analysis date

    1 February 2013

    Analysis title

    X-radiography of a pane of Roman window glass from Herculaneum - 1772,0317.21

    Analysis outline

    X- radiography was carried out on a sheet of Roman glass from Herculaneum. Elongated bubbles within the glass suggest the glass was rolled out to form the sheet.

    Analysis reference number

    AR2012-82

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1772

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1772,0317.21


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