Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian or Flavian
Date: 1st century A.D.
Medium: Glass; blown and decorated with marvered blobs
Dimensions: H.: 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number: 29.100.71
Vessels of this shape are known in silver and pottery as well as glass. The shape resembles that of a measuring cup, from which the name modiolus derives. But the rich ornamentation found on many of these cups—such as the polychrome blobbed decoration seen here—indicates that they were used as luxury tableware.