Glass goblet with snake-thread decoration


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Colorless; trails in opaque white and opaque brownish red, with one red trail starting in translucent greyish green.

Slightly everted rim, folded over and in; body expanding downwards, then curving in sharply; solid, cylindrical stem.

On body, four indents in side, making squarish shape; one horizontal white trail wound once around upper body; another horizontal white trail wound once around stem on undercurve; over indents on side, four separate snake-thread trails, alternately in white and red, but all in a similar abstract design, starting at left with a horizontal squiggle at top and ending in a long hooked loop at right.

Broken with part of stem and all of foot missing, parts of top trail missing, and two internal cracks in side; many pinprick bubbles and blowing striations; slight dulling and iridescence on exterior, patches of thick creamy brown weathering on interior.

Snake thread vase with foot; opaque threads.

Glass goblet with snake-thread decoration, Glass, Roman

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