Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

BLUE ROMAN GLASS ACETABULUM

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 15, 2018

(77R) The Allaire Collection

IMG_5181

77R Blue Acetabulum

Date: 1st C. AD From: Eastern Mediterranean probably Italy Dimensions: H: 4cm  D: 7cm

 

Description:  Free blown dark blue glass hemispherical cup with high protruding rim and folded flange. Inside the rim the wall curves in creating a narrow ledge. Base ring no pontil mark.

Condition: Complete with silvery iridescence

References: Glass with a Divine Touch, Frides Lameris Glass and Antiques, 2017, #63, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, 2011, p. 40, Fire and Sand, Princeton University, 2012, #138

Remarks:  Romans often drank a mixture of vinegar and water and had a special container for this called an acetabulum. This is from the Latin acetum (vinegar) and abulum the suffix denoting a small vessel.   Today the word is used only as a medical term to describe the cup-like shape in your hip that the thigh bone sits in. Usually made of pottery, some in the first Century, as in this example were made of glass and often found in Italian graves.  Below are three examples found on this site.

ROMAN COBALT BLUE ACETABULUM

ACETABULUM

ROMAN GLASS CUP (ACETABULUM)

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: