Used as a container for oils and perfumes, the flask features realistic, smooth bends and folds that suggest the mold used to make it was cast from an actual dried date.For much of the 1st century, mold-blown glass objects like this one were luxuries available only to the wealthy, but this changed toward the end of the century, when technological innovations in glassblowing made these goods available to people of more modest means.With the invention of glass blowing came the possibility of making molds to produce multiples, enabling mass production of popular designs.Whimsical shapes, such as a date, enjoyed great popularity.For upcoming family programs, please visit the family programs calendar.This program is designed for families with children. To learn about group offerings, please call (312) 443-9362.Purchase admission to over 25 Chicago attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, for one low price. General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from to p.m.Beginning January 2, 2017, museum admission is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18—thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation.
Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the AIC box office for the same low price.This combination ticket includes Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago and general admission to Skydeck Chicago, best known for the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.Ticket is valid for Skydeck entry 7 days from museum visit date.Please note that all orders take up to 5 business days to process. Glass in the Roman World Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome as containers for oils, perfume, and tablewares.