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Glass base

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm) Diam.: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1390a–d
Not on view
91.1.1390a: Part of a stemmed cup or goblet.
Translucent cobalt blue.
Short, solid, cylindrical stem; dome-shaped foot; flat outer circular edge to bottom, then concave, but flat at center.
Raised band below stem on upper surface of foot, and two raised concentric circles around top edge.
Complete, with weathered and chipped break at top of stem; dulling and patches of iridescent weathering. Rotary grinding marks on upper surface and bottom.
91.1.1390b: Base of a large blown cup or bowl.
Translucent blue.
Integral base, comprising a tall pedestal flaring downwards and broad flat foot with rounded edge, folded down in in forming collar around underside of base; small bottom with high kick and circular pontil scar at center.
Complete, chipped-off edge at top; some pinprick bubbles; dulling, creamy iridescence weathering.
91.1.1390c: Rim and neck of a cast bottle.
Translucent blue.
Flaring thick horizontal rim; upper part of cylindrical neck.
Complete, horizontal, ground break at base; pitting, dulling, and slight weathering.
91.1.1390d: Small fragment, probably part of a neck.
Colorless.
Cylindrical but with slightly convex side.
Broken with jagged edges; some elongated bubbles; dulling and faint iridescence.

These fragments, from four different vessels, had formerly been assembled into a pastiche described as a cup with a tall foot. Two belong to early Roman cast vessels, but the large blown base is part of a late Roman vessel.
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