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Glass beaker

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a dip mold, trailed, and cut
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) diameter 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.192
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Colorless with blue green tinge; foot ring in translucent cobalt blue.
Outsplayed, knocked-off rim; tall cylindrical body, tapering slightly downwards, then slanting inwards; applied solid foot ring, made by applying trail around edge of bottom; low kick in bottom.
Side decorated with continuous band of closely spaced shallow ribs in a downward spiral from left to right, extending from below rim to point where body slants inwards; in plain band below rim and above ribs, two horizontal wheel-abraded lines; on slanting lower section of body, a band of two horizontal wheel-abraded lines and then below another single horizontal wheel-abraded line.
Broken and repaired, with some small holes in lower body; pinprick bubbles; dulling, limy encrustation, 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.
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.

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