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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 25, 2018


Hellenistic cast glass Kantharos

Hellenistic cast glass Kantharos

Date: 3rd/2nd century BC, From Italy or Black Sea area

Size: 15cm max width including handles, 8 cm high

Technique: Colorless glass Kantharos cast and cut

Condition: Broken and repaired.

Remarks: These double handed cast and cut drinking vessels of the Hellenistic period came in two shapes. The Kantharos or Cantharos is a drinking cup or bowl with two handles on a pedestal foot and the Skyphos has no pedestal foot. The latter shape in glass is more common.

Reference: British Museum Masterpieces of Glass 1968, illustration # 37 page 32. KUNINA Ancient Glass Hermitage, St Petersburg 1997. Illustration # 37 page 75. also see Roman Glass at the Louvre

Provenance: German collection of late 1960’s.

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