Beaker with Blue Trail

Nicole Berlin
Nicole Berlin is a graduate student in Classical Art and Archaeology. She received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from Northwestern University and has had a wide variety of experiences in the art world, from the excavation of a Roman villa at Chiusi to working on Egyptian archaeology documentaries in Rome. Nicole is a graduate intern at the JHUAM and has a particular interest in Roman wall painting.


  • Accession Number: JHUAM HT 142
  • Measurements: Width: 6.6cm, Height: 11cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 4th-5th c. CE
  • Provenance: Syrio-Palestinian

This transparent, pale blue-green glass beaker sits on a flat, disc-shaped foot and tapers up to a rounded rim. It is decorated with a single, cobalt blue trail that is wound once around the vessel, overlapping at the center. Similarly shaped beakers have been found throughout Syria and Palestine.

Corning Museum 74.1.16 and Israel Museum 77.12.218.