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Glass Palm Cup with Relief Inscription

late 7th century
Made in probably northern France
Overall: 3 7/16 x 3 3/4 in. (8.8 x 9.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The technique of blowing glass within a mold enabled glassmakers to create vessels decorated with designs or inscriptions in low relief. The inscription on this piece is incomplete, but comparisons with similar vessels suggest that it may have been meant as a cross followed by a request to pray for the maker or owner of the glass.
Inscription: Inscription: (on side) F O (backwards R) E ; mark (on bottom) cross with offset cross (See attached scans of handwritten Catalogue Cards for further information).
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Gallo-Roman Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1911. no. 360, p. 54, pl. XXVI.

Eisen, G. A., and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century. Vol. 2. New York: W. E. Rudge, 1927. pl. 159.

Smith, Ray Winfield. "New Finds of Ancient Glass in North Africa." Ars Orientalis 2 (1957). p. 105 n. 69y, p. 108 n. 76.

Ament, Hermann. "Glockentummler mit Inschrift." Germania 45 (1967). p. 154 n. 3, pp. 155–58, fig. 2, pl. 24.

Cabart, Hubert. "Les gobelets mérovingiens à inscription du Musée de Châlons-sur-Marne (France)." Annales du 12e Congrès de l'Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre (August 1991). pp. 225, 228, 230–33, fig. 3.

Cabart, Hubert, and Jean-Yves Feyeux. "Verres de Champagne. Le verre à l'époque mérovingienne en Champagne-Ardenne." Bulletin de la Societe Archéologique Champenoise (1995). no. 281, p. 103.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 276, 280, fig. 22.18.

Whitehouse, David. Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 2010. no. 8, p. 105.

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