Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ROMAN GLASS CUP IN THE FORM OF THE HEAD OF AN AFRICAN

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 21, 2018

ON VIEW AT THE METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM GALLERY 166

Date: 2nd half of 1st century A.D. Dimensions: H. 4 1/8in. (10.5cm) Accession Number: 81.10.226

 

Description:  Slightly lopsided, everted, thick, knocked-off rim; narrow, cylindrical neck; body modeled in the shape of a head in the round; base ring with rounded lower edge; flat bottom. Two mold seams run from rim down sides of head to base ring, with a separate disk-shaped base section. Made by blowing molten glass into a three-part mold. Translucent blue green.

Provenance: Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.

Remarks: This beautiful example is not unique there is a similar one in Paris. In PETIT PALAIS, City of Paris Fine Art Museum (active link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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