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Glass trick bottle or cup

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd–4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); diameter 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.150
  • Description

    Translucent deep olive green, appearing opaque black.
    Rim folded down, over, and in, forming slight inner lip; broad, uneven mouth; cylindrical neck expanding downwards to join squat bulbous body; bottom deeply push in to form hemispherical concavity. Stands aslant.
    Intact; pinprick bubbles; some pitting and iridescence, with one area of dulling where thick enamel-like brown weathering has flaked off.

    Essentially a perfume bottle with a deeply pressed in bottom. When inverted it appears as a 'double-walled' cup, hence this type of vessel has previously been described as an 'egg cup.'

  • Provenance

    From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Kition (modern Larnaka)

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 5568.

    Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2013. "Metropolitan Müzesi, Cesnola Koleksiyonu’nda Yeralan Kıbrıs Cam Eserleri." Anadolu Antik Cam Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Kaunos/Kbid Toplantıları 2, C. Gençler Güray, ed. Ankara: Bilgin Press, p. 85.

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