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Glass beaker

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Roman, Rhenish
Glass; blown, blobbed, and cut
H.: 4 13/16 in. (12.3 cm) Diam.: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless; translucent cobalt blue and honey yellow blobs.
Uneven vertical rim, cracked off and ground, slightly outsplayed; tall, convex side to body, tapering downwards; concave bottom.
Immediately below rim, a single wheel-cut horizontal line; below, a band comprising two wheel-cut horizontal lines with wheel-abraded lines between them; around middle and lower part of side a band of applied blobs, comprising two irregular horizontal lines of four alternating sets of two blobs of the same color.
Complete, but many internal cracks; a few pinprick and larger bubbles; dulling, faint iridescence, limy encrustation, and weathering.
Said to be from near Paestum, Italy

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 304, p. 151, fig. 304, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1962. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 7 Die römischen Gläser mit aufgelegten Nuppen., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 7. p. 30, Cologne: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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