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Glass cup

Early or Mid Imperial
1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
3 1/8 in. (8 cm) Diameter: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Colorless with pale greenish tinge.
Uneven, knocked-off rim; flaring collar below rim; carinated sides tapering downward; concave bottom.
Cut decoration on sides comprising a fine line immediately below rim, one horizontal wheel-cut groove with fainter lines above 9/16 in. (15 mm) below rim, another with fainter lines below 1 1/4 in. (32 mm) below rim, and a third 2 in. (50 mm) below rim, with a band of fainter lines below 9/16 in. (15 mm) below last groove.
Broken and repaired, with one large piece missing from rim; pinprick bubbles; some dulling and slight pitting, but most of surfaces covered in creamy brown weathering and iridescence.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXXI, 3, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5658, p. 512, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 122, pl. 3.24.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 142, fig. 44:24, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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