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Glass skyphos (drinking cup)

3rd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
Overall: 6 x 13 1/4 in. (15.2 x 33.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Colorless with pale greenish tinge.
Slightly inverted rim, with top edge ground flat; convex curving side tapering downward; integral splayed base ring with rounded bottom edge; slightly undulating, flat bottom; two rings handles carved out from body but surrounded by raised squared-off areas, with flat thumb-rests above rings and projecting wings above and below.
Body broken and repaired, with one large chip in rim and several holes in body, but both handles intact; pinprick and larger bubbles; dulling, pitting, patches of iridescence and creamy weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior, exterior, and bottom.

Many glass vessels in the Hellenistic period were made of intentionally decolorized glass. The attempt to make them look colorless and transparent may be associated with the desire to imitate luxury rock-crystal vessels.
Said to be from Cumae, Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. XIII, 77).

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, pp. 79 n. 10, 119, 138, pl. 13.77, 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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thorpe, William A. 1938. "The Prelude to European Cut Glass." Transactions of the Society of Glass Technology, 23: p. 14 n. 2.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1965. "The Antikythera Shipwreck Reconsidered." Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 55(3): p. 34 n. 20.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 1, pp. 30, 32, fig. 24.

Matthews, Kenneth D. 1969. "Scutella, Patella, Patera, Patina." Expedition, 11(4): p. 34.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 232, pp. 196, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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