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Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Period:
Early Imperial, Flavian
Date:
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a four-part mold
Dimensions:
H.: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale blue green.
Uneven knocked-off, slightly inverted rim; flaring neck; plastic body; flaring base with circular, flat bottom. Mold seams visible to either side of face, slightly misaligned on proper right side, extending to the top of the body.
Body in the shape of a male head with negroid features and hair arranged in vertical plaits; there are eleven short plaits over the forehead, two longer plaits in front of his ears, and four tiers of fifteen long plaits on the back of his head; he wears a wreath, tied at the back of his head and extending above his ears to his forehead, consists of leaves and berries; his brow are knit, his long eyebrows are arched, his ears are large and well defined, his eyes have small round pupils, his cheeks are plump, his nose is broad, his mouth is open (as if in a grimace), showing his teeth, and his chin is dimpled; he wears small spherical earrings that hang down from the bottom of his ear lobes. On the bottom, three raised, unevenly spaced, concentric circles.
Intact; some bubbles; pitting, creamy weathering, and brilliant iridescence on exterior; thick whitish weathering and iridescence on interior

A small number of other cups probably from the same mold are known.
Said to be from Scythopolis (Beit She'an, Israel)

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: fig. 11b.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. p. 330, pl. 75, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1930. The H. O. Havemeyer Collection: A Catalogue of the Temporary Exhibition, March 10-November 2. no. 1956, p. 112, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. "The Exhibition of the H.O. Havemeyer Collection: Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25 (3): p. 75.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. The Room of Ancient Glass. fig. 11b, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Melih Arslan. 1992. Anadolu antik camlari : Yüksel Erimtan koleksiyonu (Ancient glass of Asia Minor : the Yüksel Erimtan Collection). no. 22, p. 61, Ankara.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 220 n. 2e, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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