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Glass vessel in the shape of a basket

Late Imperial
3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown
H.: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Rounded and slightly thickened rim; body: funnel-shaped profile on front and back, and conical at sides; tubular base ring, made by folding; kick in bottom with large circular pontil mark at center; handle applied on top of rim in a pad, drawn up vertically, turned in horizontally and then down vertically, forming square-sided loop, dropped onto top of rim and trailed off back along itself.
Intact; few bubbles dulling, limy encrustation, creamy weathering, and iridescence.

The vessel, initially made as a cylindrical bowl, had its sides deliberately pushed in at the top, leaving only openings at both ends, to make it into a handled pouring vessel.
Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 1. p. 345 and, fig. 71, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Niessen, Carl Anton. 1911. Beschreibung Römischer Altertümer. no. 1051, p. 61, pl. L, Cöln: Greven & Bechtold.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 238, p. 128, fig. 238, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

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