Overall: 1 3/8 x 3 3/16 x 2 11/16 in. (3.5 x 8.1 x 6.9 cm)
Bequest of Ada Small Moore, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Five rock crystal works found in a cistern in Carthage (now in Tunisia, North Africa) demonstrate the quality of the arts of that great city as the Roman world became Byzantine. The Roman naturalist Pliny, describing its beauty, believed crystal to come from snow. It was thought to protect against kidney ailments and other diseases.
Mrs. William H. Moore, Potomac (until 1955)
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 540, p. 111, pl. LXXV.
Bühler, Hans-Peter. Antike Gefässe aus Edelsteinen. Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1973. no. 115c, p. 79.