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ROMAN GLASS MODIOLUS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 18, 2016

MODIOLUS

From The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

Modiolus

Modiolus

1st Century A.D. (Isings form 37), Italy

Size: H = 12.5 cm, D = 14.5 cm
Description: Translucent blue-green., rim folded out, iridescence This free-blown type of mug has a conical body (tapering downwards) and is called ‘modiolus’, the diminutive form of the Latin word ‘ modius’, a grain and oil measure in ancient Rome. These modioli might have been used as measuring cups as well as drinking vessels.  Intact with weathering
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), ‘Roman Glass from private collections’, 29 April – 28 August 2011, exp. no. 248
Published: ‘Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit’ (2011)
Provenance: Paris collection
Ref. Ercolano 2916

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