Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 13, 2017


Hellenistic cast, slumped, cut bowl topHellenistic cast, slumped, cut bowl bottom

Origin: Canosa, Apulia, Italy. Similar vessels were made also in Persia.

Date: 3rd Century BC,  Color: Olive green transparent glass,  Size:  Height 7cm Diameter 17.5cm

Description: Four cut bands around the exterior rim of the vessel, 12 vertical petals in sunken relief cut into the exterior body with a single central cut rib in 10 of the petals and a pair each in the two remaining. A six point star cut into base is surrounded by cut band. 12 bosses of irregular size and spacing around the rim of the vessel. Whole of interior shows grinding marks and also on exterior rim and on the extreme base where the star cut is.

Condition: Repaired

Probable Technique: Slab of glass formed in a pancake shape and bosses formed and shaped before slumping over a former and reheating. Cut decoration made after cooling and annealing.

Scarcity: Very rare type only about six examples surviving

Parallels: Example from Canosa in National Archaeological Museum Taranto., Example from Canosa in British Museum Masterpieces of Glass Page 32 Item 36, WEINBERG Glass Vessels in Ancient Greece 1992 Page 104 Item 61, SALDERN Glaser Der Antike 1974 Oppenlander Collection pages 92&98 Item 242, GOLDSTEIN:  Pre-roman & Early Roman Glass Corning Museum 1979 Page 134 Item, Journal Glass Studies Vol 1 pages 38/39

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