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Glass skyphos (drinking cup)

late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
H.: 3 13/16 in. (9.7cm); Diam. of rim: 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Beveled, slightly inverted rim, with slight lip above tops of handles; convex curving side tapering downward; splayed base ring with flat bottom edge; flat bottom; two ring handles applied to sides of body, carved out from blanks surrounded by irregular raised squared-off areas, with flat thumb-rests above rings and projecting wings above and below.

Body broken and repaired, with many internal strain cracks, one small area of fill in side, and small chips in rim, and both handles restored, surviving only as the ends of the rings projecting from the body; pinprick and larger bubbles; some dulling, patches of iridescent weathering, and areas of limy encrustation.

Rotary grinding marks on interior and exterior.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1068, p. 147, pl. 179.2, Paris.

Thorpe, William A. 1938. "The Prelude to European Cut Glass." Transactions of the Society of Glass Technology, 23: p. 14.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 9, p. 30.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 232, pp. 196, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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