Cup with Wide Rim

By
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.

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  • Accession Number: JHUAM HT 229
  • Measurements: Width: 7.7cm, Height: 5cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 1st c. CE
  • Provenance: Unknown

This pale blue-green glass cup is hemispherical in shape with an everted rim, rounded lip, and a folded tubular flange. It sits on a flat, disc-shaped foot. The form of this cup is extremely common in the first century CE with two of the earliest examples from Pompeii, now at the Naples Museum. They were fashionable during the Flavian period and used in the central and Western parts of the Roman Empire. It has been suggested that they are the successor to “patella” cups from the early first century CE.

Comparanda:
Isings type 69. Cf. Corning Museum 70.1.51 and Louvre MND 762.