Glass cup

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a four-part mold
H.: 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm)
Diam.: 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Opaque light blue.
Plain unworked vertical rim, with everted, convex curving shoulder below; vertical side to cylindrical body; S-shaped undercurve; low base ring and slightly convex bottom. Three vertical mold seams run down sides through columns from rim to lower ridge, with a separate cup-shaped base section.
On body, continuous central frieze bordered above and below by single prominent horizontal ridges, comprising three vertically-fluted columns with capitals and bases alternating with three disks decorated with radiating swirls; on bottom, base ring surrounding two fine concentric circles around edge and small dot in relief at center.
Intact, but large weathered chip in rim; some pitting, dulling and iridescence, and much of surfaces covered in thick creamy brown weathering.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 274, p. 47, pls. 33.2-3, Paris.