Glass vessels were used to drink from them or to present food. Unlike metal vessels, glass objects are without odour or taste and the food and drink retain their own flavour. At the same time, the transparent and partly decorated glass made the liquid visible in the jar, thus giving it an additional aesthetic appeal. The frequency, by which glass containers were used, is reflected in modern language which simply refers to glasses used for drinking as “glass”. The material thus became the eponym of the object group! Food was also set out on diverse glass vessels e.g. on plates, bowls or dishes. It was not very appropriate as tableware, for the use of metal cutlery produced a scratching noise. In contrast to vessels made of opaque materials such as wood, faience, porcelain or silver, the filling quantity can also be told from the outside of high-walled glass vessels.

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