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Glass beaker

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
ca. A.D. 40–100
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a four-part mold and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam.: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
15.43.207
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent pale blue green.
Unworked, knocked-off rim with slight bulge below; truncated conical body; flat bottom. Three vertical mold seams run down sides from bulge to edge of bottom, with a separate shallow disk-shaped base section.
On body, faint wheel-abraded horizontal line on bulge below rim and five rows of buds, decreasing in size, down side, some smooth, some tiered on surface; on bottom, two fine concentric circles surrounding a central concave depression containing a raised circle and dot.
Intact; many pinprick bubbles; some severe pitting, most of surfaces covered with thick creamy weathering and brilliant iridescence.

Truncated conical beakers have been found on numerous military sites, for example, in the canabae legionis (civilian settlement attached to the legionary fortress) at Noviomagus (modern Nijmegen, Holland), at forts in Wales and northern England, and at Masada in Israel. Soldiers may have helped popularize Roman tastes and customs, which are now reflected in the pottery and glassware found on archaeological sites throughout the Roman Empire.
Said to be from Caesarea Maritima, Palestine (Israel)

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