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Glass cantharus (cup with two handles)

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown
4in. (10.2cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green, with same color foot and handles.
Solid beveled rim, with outward horizontal bulge below on exterior and horizontal groove on interior; cylindrical body, tapering slightly downwards, then sloping in to small bottom; hollow conical foot formed from separate gather, with edge cracked off and ground; two plain rod handles applied to top of sides and bulge below rim in thick pads, drawn up and out, then curved round and down, and pressed onto lower sides with thin trails extending onto top of foot.
Body intact, but foot broken and repaired with parts of edge missing; few bubbles; some pitting, creamy brown weathering, and iridescence.

Two handled cup with short foot.
Said to be from Cyprus (Froehner, p. 139, pl. XIV, 80)

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. no. 9, pp. 78, 120, 139, pl. XIV, 80, 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.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. pp. 66–67, fig. 14, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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