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Glass modiolus (one-handled cup)

1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown
H.: 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm) Diam.: 5 11/16 in. (14.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Rim folded out, down, and up, with upright, slightly flaring, rounded lip, forming collar to outsplayed, rounded mouth; body tapers downwards; low splayed tubular foot ring, made by folding; uneven, concave bottom; two-ribbed handle applied to upper side of body, drawn out and up, forming a semicircle, and pressed on to top of side with downward pad.
Intact; few bubbles; dulling, pitting, creamy brown weathering, and iridescence.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. no. 10, p. 79, pl. XXIII, 97, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kern, J.H.C. 1956. "Zwei buntgefleckte Glaskelche des I Jhts. n. Chr. in Leiden." Archeologia Classica, 8: p. 61.

Haevernick, Thea Elisabeth. 1981. "Modioli." Beiträge zur Glasforschung : die wichtigsten Aufsätze von 1938 bis 1981, xxviii. no. 62, p. 372, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

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