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Glass lid

1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown
H.: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) Diam.: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent blue green.
Fire-polished, inverted rim, with thick, bulging fold above; concave shoulder; neck conical on lower half, cylindrical but expanding downwards on upper half; hollow knob at top, made by folding out, down, and in, forming beveled upper surface around small opening.
Intact; some pinprick and large bubbles, and blowing striations; dulling, soil encrustation, and faint iridescent weathering.

The lid must have belonged to a glass cinerary urn. Lids such as this with a perforated knob have also been described as libation funnels since examples have been found with the lid pointing down into the urn so that libations could be poured over the ashes of the deceased.
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