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Glass goblet with snake-thread decoration

3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown, tooled, and trailed
H.: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless; trails in opaque white and opaque brownish red, with one red trail starting in translucent greyish green.
Slightly everted rim, folded over and in; body expanding downwards, then curving in sharply; solid, cylindrical stem.
On body, four indents in side, making squarish shape; one horizontal white trail wound once around upper body; another horizontal white trail wound once around stem on undercurve; over indents on side, four separate snake-thread trails, alternately in white and red, but all in a similar abstract design, starting at left with a horizontal squiggle at top and ending in a long hooked loop at right.
Broken with part of stem and all of foot missing, parts of top trail missing, and two internal cracks in side; many pinprick bubbles and blowing striations; slight dulling and iridescence on exterior, patches of thick creamy brown weathering on interior.

Snake thread vase with foot; opaque threads.
Said to be from Coclois, north-east France

Smith, Ray Winfield. 1949. "The Significance of Roman Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 8(2): p. 57.

Neumayer, Heino. 2016. "Die gallo-römischen Funde aus Frankreich im Department of Medieval Art des Metropolitan Museum of Art." Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica, 48: pp. 90, 107, fig. 8.

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