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Glass cup with splayed foot

Early Imperial
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown and tooled
H. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm); diameter 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm)
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent blue green.
Outsplayed tubular rim, folded over and in; tall curving neck, tapering downwards; thick projecting shoulder; squat, globular body; applied conical foot, formed from a separate gather, with edge cracked-off and ground flat; small, circular, flat bottom.
Eleven vertical ribs in high relief tooled out from shoulder down side of body.
Rim and body cracked with one hole in side; part of foot broken and missing; few bubbles; dulling, pitting, creamy brown weathering, and faint iridescence.

This cup or chalice bears a similarity to the ribbed bowls also displayed here (91.1.1247, .1346), but the treatment of the rim and the addition of the foot make it a very unusual example of Roman blown glass tableware.
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