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GREEK CUP INSCRIPTIONS AND THREE BIRDS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 9, 2017

Cup with Greek inscriptions and three birds of The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

4th Century AD, Italy (Magna Graecia)

Size:  H=  4.2 cm                D= 8.4cm

Description:  Free blown cup, semi-transparent colorless glass, wheel-cut and abraded decoration. With a thickened and fire-rounded rim on a straight-walled body and a ridged foot with a pontil mark on the bottom. The wheel-cut decoration on the exterior comprises a band of cross-hatching below the rim above three groups of five oval facets alternating with a bird, formed from tiny horizontal incisions.  The underside of the base  decorated with a Greek double line inscription, PAIDW  (for the little boy or baby) and a vertical palm branch (see drawings). Internal cracks, otherwise intact

Provenance:  P.L.W.Arts collection

Exhibited:  Honig Breethuis Museum Zaandijk (NL) ‘Fascinating luxury from Antiquity’, 12th November 2011-30th January 2012, exp. no 12.

Published:  P.L.W.Arts, A collection of Ancient Glass 2001 no.72

Reference:  Glass from the Ancient World Ray Winfeld Smith collection (bird/palm branch); Constable-Maxwell collection 1979 nr.267; Allard Pierson Museum inv.nr.15.936; N.F.Bijnsdorp nr.076 (engraved amphoriskos with four birds). Nr.071 (double-lined Greek inscription).

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