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Glass cup

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a dip mold
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm) diameter 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.85
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Colorless with pale greenish tinge.
Everted rim, folded over and in, and pressed into almost horizontal mouth; cylindrical body with slightly convex side, curving to tubular foot ring, made by folding; flat bottom with low central kick and pontil scar.
Body decorated with closely-spaced shallow ribs in a spiral from top left downwards.
Intact; bubbles, blowing striations, and some gritty inclusions; dulling, iridescence, and patches of creamy weathering.
The cup is said to have been found in a Roman tomb at the ancient site of Caesaromagus in 1863, together with two glass jugs (81.10.168-169) and a coin of the Gallic emperor Postumus, which was minted between A.D. 260 and 268.

The two jugs and the cup are said to have been found in a Roman tomb at the ancient site of Caesaromagus in 1863, together with a coin of the Gallic emperor Postumus, which was minted between A.D. 260 and 268. The jugs’ attractive but rather impractical chain handles are distinctive of glassware made in the Rhineland.

[Group label: 81.10.85, .168, .169]
#1208. Glass cup
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Said to be from Beauvais, France (Froehner 1879, p. 74)

In 1863, found in a tomb in Beauvais, France; after 1863, acquired by Jules Charvet; 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. p. 74, 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.

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