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Glass beaker with snake-thread decoration

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
ca. 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
H.: 5 13/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (14.8 x 7.9 x 7.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.210
Not on view
Colorless with pale green tinge; trails in same color.
Tall beaker or goblet, with side tapering downwards and curving in at base; stem consists of a solid, slightly convex knob; broad, shallow foot, made from a separate gather is concave, with rounded, thickened edge, and small central pontil scar.
On body, three vertical abstract floral sprays, comprising stems and broad, down-turned leaves, applied as separate trails, all flattened and decorated with crisscross patterns, and one small additional spray near bottom on one side.
Broken and repaired, with some weathered broken edges; all of rim and much of body missing, but foot intact; a few bubbles; slight dulling and patches of brilliant iridescent weathering.
Said to be from Rome

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1224, p. 170, pl. 229.1-4.

Barag, Dan P. 1967. "Flower and Bird" and Snake-Thread Glass Vessels." Annales du 4 Congrès des Journées Internationales du Verre. p. 60, fig. 2, Liège: Association internationale pour l'histoire du verre.

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