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Ampulla  

Gordon Campbell

Small vessel, usually made of glass, used in ancient Rome and later in the Western church, for holding consecrated oil, or for other sacred uses.

V. Ascani: ‘Ampolla’, Enciclopedia dell’arte medievale, 1 (Rome, 1991), pp. 524–6C. Lambert and P. Pedemonte Demeglio: ‘Ampolle devozionali ed itinerari di pellegrinaggio tra IV e VII secolo’, ...

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Gordon Campbell

Product of a technique first used in ancient Egypt and later developed in ancient Rome. The outer of two superimposed layers of glass was ground away to leave a pattern consisting of a pattern standing in relief on a contrasting ground, usually white on dark blue. The finest surviving example is the Portland Vase (early 1st cent. ...

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Enclosed portico, underground passage or a gallery enclosed by walls with windows.

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Crystal  

Gordon Campbell

Colourless glass with a high degree of transparency achieved by ther admixture of manganese to the Frit. It is normally used for glass vessels, decanters and wine glasses, and is often cut. The technique was known in ancient Rome and rediscovered in 15th-century Venice, from where it was transmitted all over Europe....