HONEYCOMB ROMAN BEAKER
HONEYCOMB BEAKER of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
4th century AD. Eastern Meditarranean.
H = 11.0 cm. Dmax = 11.6 cm. Drim = 11.3 cm. Weight = 180 gr.
Classification: Isings 1957: Form 107a., Goethert-Polaschek: Form 50.
Condition: Perfect condition. Shiny surface.
Technique: Pattern blown body. Rim tooled.
Description: Yellowish green transparent glass. Hemispherical body with straight upper portion. Rim outsplayed and cracked off. Below rim a band of 58 vertical fluted tongues, in length varying between 15 and 22 mm. Below flutes an irregular honeycomb pattern formed by adjoining hexagons in relief, smaller and deeper at top, larger and shallower towards bottom. Slightly indented base, where honeycomb pattern is again smaller and deeper. No pontil mark.
Remarks: Many parallels of this honeycomb beaker have been found in both the western and eastern part of the Roman Empire. There is no evidence of either a lively trade in or several production places for these beakers. Honeycomb beakers with perforations just below the rim, to enable them to serve as hanging lamps, have also been found.
Provenance: The Cyrus Collection of Edward and Fay Safani, New York, 1980s.
Published: Sotheby’s New York, 6 June 2006, No. 90., Safani Catalogue “Timeless Wonders”.,Bonhams 24 October 2012, No. 256.
References: Van Salderen 1980, The Hans Cohn Collection, No. 55., Matheson 1980, Yale Art Gallery, No. 284.
Fremersdorf 1961, R-G Museum Köln, No. 113., La Baume 1976, Karl Löffler Collection, No. 83., Goethert-Polaschek 1985, Landesmuseum Trier, Plate 21.5.