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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 289

    A LATE ROMAN GREEN GLASS WHEEL-ENGRAVED FLASK

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.

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    A LATE ROMAN GREEN GLASS WHEEL-ENGRAVED FLASK
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.
    The piriform body with splayed foot and funnel neck, the body with wheel-abraded decoration including horizontal bands, a band of crosses on the upper body and an inscription below, ΠIE ZHCH[C], 'Drink and live long', with a pushed-in foot and hollow tubular base-ring
    8 ¼ in. (21 cm.) high


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    This vessel belongs to a group of Eastern Mediterranean footed flasks or goblets first discussed by Donald Harden when writing about a remarkable example with a more ambitious wheel-abraded design, with a hound chasing hares, that was found in an Anglo-Saxon grave in Sussex (1959, pp. 3-20). Gladys Davidson Weinberg expanded further on this group, believing too that they could have been the produce of a single workshop active at the end of the 4th to early 5th Century A.D. (1963, pp. 24-8). For a similar flask with inscription once in the Constable-Maxwell collection and now in the Newark Museum (inv. no. 87.114), see Auth, 1996, pp. 103-5, figs 1-2.



    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.