Translucent light blue green. Plain, rounded, horizontal rim; hexagonal body with straight sides tapering downward; integral hexagonal base, with ground flat edge; small flat bottom; two large integral handles, slightly upturned with rounded edge, each pierced with a central irregular star-shaped hole at base next to rim, and carved into a palmette shape with round and pointed projections. On upper surface incised decoration running around rim, on bottom in recessed hexagonal panel, and on handles: on rim, a continuous tendril scroll with circular flowers decorated with a cross; on bottom, a lozenge with buds at angles and a central circular flower decorated with a cross; and on handles, floral pattern of leafy sprays issuing from a central stem. Broken and repaired at one end of body with part of side and rim missing; few bubbles; dulling, faint iridescence, and patches of brownish weathering.
Said to have been acquired in Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 95, note 1)
Before 1879, acquired by Jules Charvet in Italy; 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. 95, n. 1, 107, 139, 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.
Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 633, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.
Caron, Beaudoin. 1997. "Roman Figure-Engraved Glass in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 32: no. 1, pp. 19, 22, figs. 5–7.