Glass cantharus (drinking cup), Glass, Roman

Glass cantharus (drinking cup)

Early Imperial, Claudian or Flavian
ca. A.D. 40–80
Glass; blown
H. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue; handles in same color.
Flaring, rounded rim, with folded solid flange below; bell-shaped body, carving in sharply to solid, short stem; low, splayed foot, formed from a separate gather with knocked-off and ground outer edge; uneven, flat bottom; low kick at center of inside of body; strap handles attached to lower sides of body in pads, tooled flat above, drawn up and outwards, then curved round and down in a loop above rim, and applied to lip and underside of rim.
Complete, but repaired on rim at junction of both handles, with one small chip and rim and one larger chip on underside of edge of foot; some bubbles, elongated horizontally around rim; dulling, some pitting of surface bubbles, iridescent weathering, and small patches of limy encrustation.

This is an early type of wineglass and would have graced the table of a wealthy Roman at a dinner or drinking party. Most surviving examples are recorded from sites in the northwestern provinces, but this cup is said to be from the city of Rome.
Said to be from Rome (Froehner 1879, p. 139, pl. XXIX, 119).

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 80, 139, pl. XXIX, 119, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln: herausgegeben von der Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln. Bd. 4: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne Glas in Köln, Bd. 4. p. 32, Berlin: Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 53, pp. 66-7, 207, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.