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A PAIR OF MOLD BLOWN ROMAN GLASS BEAKERS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 5, 2019

PAIR OF MOLD BLOWN BEAKERS OF Nico F. Bijnsdorp

Date: First century AD. Western Empire, probably Italian, Campania.

 

Size: Each beaker: H: 13.0 cm. D: rim: 7.0 cm. D: base: 4.8 cm. Weight: 90 gr.

Condition: (L) Two cracks at  the rim and one at the inner lower body. Fine bluish silver iridescence. (R) Tiny chip to the rim. Fine golden green iridescence.

Technique: Blown into three-part mold: two vertical parts and a third part for the disc shaped base.

Description: Transparent yellowish green glass. Downwards tapering cylindrical body, decorated with eight vertical ellipse formed indentations, framed by parallel raised ridges and separated by vertical rows of dots and dimples, connected at the bottom side by festoon formed ridges. Rim cracked off and ground. Slightly concave base with two raised concentric circles around central boss. Horizontal raised concentric circle around the body 7 mm above base. No pontil mark.

Remarks: (1) Only two parallels of this type of beaker are known: one in Naples (from Pompei) and one in the Cologne Museum. This set of two identical beakers is unique. (2) Both beakers have the same height, diameter, weight and decoration. Most probably they were blown in the same mold by the same glassmaker. Also the parallels in Naples and Cologne have the same height and decoration, which may justify the assumption that there was only one workshop that made all four beakers. (3) These beakers may be compared with similar beakers with different ornaments, such as a “Lotus-bud beaker” (NFB 168) and a “Mythological beaker” (NFB 260). All of them have truncated conical bodies with cracked-off rims and can be classified as Isings form 31 or closely related.

Provenance: David and Jenny Giles Collection, London, UK. Sasson Collection, Jerusalem, Israel.

References: Fremersdorf 1961, Römisch Germanisches Museum, Köln, p 50, Tafel 99., Spinazzola 1928, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, p 228.                         

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