Cut-glass Cup

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 1st - 2nd centuies A.D.
Catalogue Entry

Translucent glass was blown and then formed in a mold. This shape was then decorated with cut work. The body is divided into three registers and two rows of rounded hexagonal cuts were then arranged in each register. The vessel walls were thinned on the area around the mouth and between the registers and a decorative cord cut into these areas. A small foot has been attached to the base. Unlike cat. No. 171, when light is shown through this glass, a large area of light remains in each cut. This cup has an elegantly gorgeous feel and today the surface has a slight cast of lovely iridescence.