Holy Land Glass Tear-Vials
Ancient Judaea/Palestine, 1st Century BC - 1st Century AD

When a person died in ancient Judaea, mourners would leave a glass vial filled with their tears
in their loved one's tomb. Often they would use Roman glass unguent bottles such as these.
See also: Holy Land / Biblical Coins & Artifacts and Roman Glass Vessels


Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st Century AD. Beautiful light blue glass "tear vial" bottle. Excellent blue color with nice iridescence, the neck tapering down with slight constriction to a larger, rounded body and flat bottom. Intact with some light earthen deposits. 4 3/4" (12.3cm). Mounted on nice custom stand.
Ex Jeff Sahadi collection. #GL2003: $550

Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st Century AD. Lovely light blue/green glass "tear vial" bottle. With nice iridescence, the neck tapers down to a larger, rounded body and flat bottom. Intact with some light earthen deposits. 3 7/8" (10 cm). Mounted on nice custom stand. ex-North Yorkshire England private collection. #GL2005: $475
Roman Purple glass vessel. Shipwreck find!
Holy Land, Roman period, 1st Century AD. Excellent purple glass "tear vial" bottle. Swirling colors of purple and green... quite amazing. The neck tapers down to a larger, rounded body and flat bottom. 4 3/4" (12.3cm). Intact, mounted on nice custom stand. Believed to have come from an ancient ship-wreck in the Mediterranean near Kreta. Ex-Danish collection formed in the 1970's. #GL2006: $599


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Biblical Judaea, early 1st century AD. Large glass tear-vial. Lovely irridescent green patina. 108 mm (4 1/4 in.) tall! #2639: $385 SOLD

Biblical Judaea, c. 1st century BC / 1st century AD. Large glass tear-vial. Excellent irridescent sandy-green coloration. 105 mm (4 inches) tall! #6320: $299 SOLD

Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st Century AD. Tall glass tear-vial or unguentarium. Of narrow construction with pinch ridge at the base of the neck for fastening a stopper. Pale yellow glass. H: 5" (12.7 cm). Intact, light earthen deposits. Nice yellow tone with blue/green at the base. #272110: $299 SOLD


Nice large light blue-green glass flask, 1st-2nd century AD, found in Jerusalem! Top of spout still clogged up with Jerusalem earth. Likely dustified remains of the original contents still inside! Stands on its own, 144 mm (5 1/2") tall! Still covered with earthen deposits. Very interesting piece! Ex-Hamedian Galleries, Old City, Jerusalem. #8122: $350 SOLD

Biblical Judaea. 1st century BC - 1st century AD. Glass "tear vial." Lovely irridescent sandy egshell patina, delicate, graceful curves and twisted spout. Small hairline fracture on one side. Measures 78 mm. #2610: $135 SOLD

Biblical Judaea, c. 1st century BC / 1st century AD. Tall glass tear-vial. Lovely irridescent patina. Delicate, tapering form. Completely intact! Stands 122 mm (4 3/4") tall! Great display piece. #5764: $325 SOLD

Holy Land, Roman period, 1st century BC - 1st century AD. Large glass "tear-vial". Stunning purple to blue coloration with attractive irridescence overall. Expertly repaired at break at bottom of neck, doesn't detract from the beauty of this stunning piece! 138 mm (5 3/8") tall, with some earthen encrustation. Ex-Boston Museum of Fine Arts, deaccession. #gl0075: $299 SOLD

Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st Century AD. Beautiful blue-green glass "tear vial". Completely intact, with nice earthen encrustation and attractive iridescence. 98 mm (3 7/8") tall. #901262: $285 SOLD

Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st - 2nd Century AD. Interesting glass tear-vial with pear-shaped body and tubular neck with flared mouth. A pinched groove at the base of the neck pinched to fasten the stopper. H: 4 1/4" (106 mm). Light blue-green glass. Intact with a few minor age cracks and earthen deposits. Great character! #272112: $275 SOLD

Biblical Judaea. Holy Land, Roman period, c. 1st-2nd century AD. Nice light blue-green glass "tear vial" bottle with light iridescence and some earthen deposits. H: 4" (10.2 cm). Intact. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #GL2001: $325 SOLD