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Glass beaker or lamp

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown with applied decoration and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Other: 5in. (12.7cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.148
Not on view
Colorless with green tinge; translucent cobalt blue blobs.
Thick, slightly bulging rim, cracked off and ground flat; funnel-shaped body with slightly convex side; concave bottom.
Three horizontal bands of wheel-abraded decoration on body: immediately below rim, a band of two broad lines; another single very broad band, forming a shallow groove on upper body; the third band comprising fine lines on lower body. Between the second and third cut bands, a band of applied blobs in relief comprising three single large blobs alternating with three groups of six smaller blobs arranged in a downturned triangular pattern.
Intact; a few bubbles; dulling, slight pitting, and patches of limy brown weathering.
Said to be from Sidon (modern Saïda, Lebanon)

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 794, p. 114, pl. 121.3, Paris.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1962. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 7 Die römischen Gläser mit aufgelegten Nuppen., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 7. p. 51, Cologne: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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