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Glass beaker or lamp

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, blobbed, and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) Diam.: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.167
Not on view
Colorless with pale green tinge; translucent cobalt blue blobs.
Thick, uneven rim, cracked off and ground, slightly outsplayed; convex side to body, tapering downwards; concave bottom.
Midway down side band of applied blobs, comprising three sets of two alternating patterns, one being a single large and thick blob, the other three smaller blobs arranged in a triangular pattern; above and below blobs, a single broad horizontal wheel-abraded band.
Intact, except for a small weathered chip in rim; a few bubbles in body, more pinprick bubbles and black impurities in blobs; dulling, faint iridescence, and patches of limy brown weathering.
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.
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.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1962. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 7 Die römischen Gläser mit aufgelegten Nuppen., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 7. pp. 51-2, pl. 100, Cologne: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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