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Glass skyphos (drinking cup)

3rd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
H.: 3 7/8 (9.8 cm); diam. of rim: 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163

Beveled, slightly inverted rim, with slight lip above tops of handles; slightly convex curving side tapering downward; splayed base ring with flat bottom edge; almost flat bottom; two ring handles applied to sides of body, carved out from blanks surrounded by irregular raised squared-off areas, with flat thumb-rests above rings and projecting wings above and below; vestigial scrollwork flanking either side of handles.

Body complete but with many internal strain cracks, and restored handles: one handle complete except for end of thumb-rest above ring, the other surviving only as the top of the ring; pinprick and larger bubbles; dulling, iridescence, patches of creamy weathering, and some spots of encrustation.

Rotary grinding marks on interior and exterior. Stands unevenly on base.

Many glass vessels in the Hellenistic period were made of intentionally decolorized glass. The attempt to make them look colorless and transparent may be associated with the desire to imitate luxury rock-crystal vessels.
Said to be from Cumae, Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. XIII, 77).

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. 10, pp. 79 n. 10, 119, 138, pl. 13.77, 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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thorpe, William A. 1938. "The Prelude to European Cut Glass." Transactions of the Society of Glass Technology, 23: p. 14 n. 2.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1965. "The Antikythera Shipwreck Reconsidered." Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 55(3): p. 34 n. 20.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 1, pp. 30, 32, fig. 24.

Matthews, Kenneth D. 1969. "Scutella, Patella, Patera, Patina." Expedition, 11(4): p. 34.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 232, pp. 196, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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