Glass cantharus (drinking cup)

Period: Early Imperial, Claudian or Flavian

Date: ca. A.D. 40–80

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown

Dimensions: H. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881

Accession Number: 81.10.60


This is an early type of wineglass and would have graced the table of a wealthy Roman at a dinner or drinking party. Most surviving examples are recorded from sites in the northwestern provinces, but this cup is said to be from the city of Rome.