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Glass skyphos (drinking cup)

late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
Overall: 5 1/2 x 9in. (14 x 22.9cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163

Rounded, slightly inverted rim; slightly convex curving side tapering downward; integral splayed base ring with flat bottom edge; almost flat bottom; two ring handles carved out from body but surrounded by raised squared-off areas, with flat thumb-rests above rings and projecting wings above and below.

Body complete but with many internal strain cracks, and restored handles: one handle complete except for end of thumb-rest above ring, the other surviving only as the top of the ring; pinprick and larger bubbles; dulling, iridescence, patches of creamy weathering, and some spots of encrustation.

Rotary grinding marks on interior and exterior.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1660, p. 223.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 15b, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1965. "The Antikythera Shipwreck Reconsidered." Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 55(3): p. 34, n. 20.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 3, pp. 30, 32, fig. 25.

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