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Glass beaker with facet-cut decoration

Mid Imperial
2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
H.: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm) Diam.: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with light green tinge.
Thin, outsplayed, knocked-off rim; funnel-shaped body, tapering in at base; broad, low, conical, outsplayed foot, made from a separate paraison with a ground outer edge.
On upper body, two fine horizontal lines; below, broad band of four overlapping rice-shaped vertical facets, arranged in a slight irregular pattern.
Broken on one side of rim with part missing; pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, patches of brilliant iridescence, and creamy brown weathering.

Similar beakers have been excavated in Denmark, Germany, Egypt, and Afghanistan. The type must have been made at several localities around the Mediterranean.
Oliver Andrew Jr. 1984. "Early Roman Faceted Glass." Journal of Glass Studies, 26: p. 43 n. 40.

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