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Glass beaker or lamp

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown and blobbed
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 13/16 x 3 7/16in. (7.1 x 8.8cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.309
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Translucent pale blue green, with deep turquoise green blobs.
Unworked, knocked-off rim, with bulging collar beneath; somewhat misshapen and uneven sides to body, tapering downwards; pushed-in bottom.
Four blobs applied irregularly to exterior of lower body.
Intact, except for minor chip in rim; pinprick bubbles; slight dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering on exterior, patches of creamy brown weathering on interior.
Vessels with decorated with colored blobs were very popular in late Roman times; examples have been found both in the East and along the Rhine frontier in Germany.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5746, p. 512, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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