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Glass stemmed cup

Late Imperial or Early Byzantine
4th–5th century A.D. or later
Roman, Palestinian
Glass; blown and trailed
H.: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale blue green; trails in translucent cobalt blue.
Thickened, vertical rim, with slightly inverted lip; elongated inverted bell-shaped body, curving in at base; hollow stem; hollow, low conical foot, with tubular edge made by folding; deep kick in bottom with central pontil scar.
One trail applied as a thick, elongated pad immediately below rim and wound in a spiral almost nine time around upper side of body; a second trail applied as a circular pad to side and wound round body in a spiral four times, then tooled and pinched into a wavy pattern of six upward and hanging loops (sometimes called the "spectacle" pattern).
Intact; few bubbles; pitting, creamy brown weathering, and iridescence.
Said to be from Nazareth, Israel

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1930. The H. O. Havemeyer Collection: A Catalogue of the Temporary Exhibition, March 10-November 2. p. 112, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. "The Exhibition of the H.O. Havemeyer Collection: Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25(3): p. 75.

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