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Glass beaker or lamp

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Roman, Syrian
Glass; blown and blobbed
H.: 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm) Diam.: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with pale green tinge; translucent blue blobs appearing opaque bluish grey.
Thick rim, cracked off and ground, slightly outsplayed; short, vertical side to top of body, then funnel-shaped; small kick in bottom.
Midway down side an uneven horizontal row of thirteen applied blobs.
Intact, except for a small chip in rim; many bubbles; dulling on exterior, with pitting and whitish weathering on blobs, thick encrustation and weathering on interior above brilliant iridescence.

Conical, with glass patches.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. VII, 36).

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. 56, 138, pl. VII, 36, 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. 1962. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 7 Die römischen Gläser mit aufgelegten Nuppen., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 7. pp. 54-5, pl. 108, Cologne: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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