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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 3, 2016

TWO-HANDLED BEAKER of  Hans van Rossum



Mid-to-late 1st century AD | Roman Empire, probably north Italy

Size↑8.5 cm | ø 6.8 cm | Weight 80 g

Technique: Free blown, rim ground, wheel-cut grooves; handles applied

Classification: Isings 1957 form 29 (variant with handles) | Calvi 1968, gruppo A

Description: Translucent yellowish green glass, ovoid body and convex walls, wheel-abraded. Rim knocked off and ground flat. Handles applied to either side of body in a thick blob, drawn up and out, then turned in and pressed onto body. Wheel-cut groove, 0.2 cm. wide and 0.2 cm. below rim; broad, horizontal band of wheel-abraded lines around body 6.7 – 7.0 cm. below rim. Slightly concave bottom, no pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, areas of weathering

Remark: Benton Kidd, Associate Curator of the department of Ancient Art of the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri, Columbia (USA) says there is a brief discussion of this type with handles. The Akeldma Tombs: Three Burial Caves in the Kidron Valley (Israel Antiquities Authority Reports 1, Jerusalem 1996). That report lists three such a beakers. One from a tomb on Siphnos (Mackworth Young 1949: 88 no. 13.2 pl. 30:4), the Asia Minor example in Ancient Glass of Asia Minor, a private collection by M. Arslan and C.S. Lightfoot, no 24. Kidd says that Gladys Weinberg, the founder of the museum, may be acquired number six – the beaker of the collection of this museum, acc. no. 65.69 – in Israel, but he is uncertain about that. Overby 1982 (p. 49 no. 105) however describes this beaker as ”perhaps from Italy”. So, together with Van Rossum’s HVR 119, only seven identical beakers of this type are known.

Provenance: Anonymous sale; Piasa Paris, auction 2 June 2006 lot 58

Published: Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum 2011, p. 41
De Oude Flesch, no. 125, 2011, p. 30

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 36
29 April – 28 August 2011

Reference: Ancient Glass of Asia Minor, a private collection by C. S. Lightfoot and M. Arslan, no. 24

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