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ROMAN GLASS CUP (ACETABULUM)

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 27, 2015

Acetabulum Cup from the Allaire Collection

Romans often drank a mixture of vinegar and water and had a special container for this called an acetabulum. This is from the Latin acetum (vinegar) and abulum the suffix denoting a small vessel.   Today the word is used only as a medical term to describe the cup-like shape in your hip that the thigh bone sits in. Usually made of pottery, some in the first Century, as in this example were made of glass and often found in Italian graves.

C: 6 cm

Date: First Century AD

cf: Whitehouse, 1997 #125

 

Small Roman Glass Cup 61R

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