A very fine Roman glass cup with incised line decoration. Circa 2nd - 3rd Century A.D. (possibly earlier).
Unfortunately there are two cracks (both completely stable) and a chip to the rim, hence the much reduced price. However, this a beautiful vessel and quite rare.
Condition: Damage as shown, hence the much reduced price.
Dimensions: Height 6.5 cm x Width (rim) 7.4 cm.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction house.
Glassblowing developed in the Syro-Palestinian region in the early first century B.C. and came to Rome with craftsmen and slaves after the area's annexation to the Roman world in 64 B.C. The new technology revolutionized the Roman glass industry, stimulating an enormous increase in the range of shapes and designs that could be produced. Glassworker's were no longer bound by the technical restrictions of the casting process. Blowing allowed for unparalleled versatility and speed of manufacture. These advantages spurred an evolution of style, form and experimentation, leading craftsmen to create unique shapes; examples of which include flasks and bottles shaped like human heads, fruits and animals.
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