Glass fragmentary beaker with painted decoration

Period: Mid-Imperial

Date: ca. 2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown, cut, and cold-painted

Dimensions: Overall (22.2.36): 3 15/16 x 2 1/2 in. (10 x 6.4 cm)
Overall (22.2.37): 5 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (13.5 x 7 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1922

Accession Number: 22.2.36, .37


Relatively few painted glass vessels have survived from antiquity. This example, although sadly incomplete, is decorated in a rich palette of colors with lively scenes representing gladiators and wild beast fights.