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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 229

    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS BEAKER WITH MASKS

    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS BEAKER WITH MASKS
    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Mould-blown, with gently flaring sides and faint wheel-cut line below the cut-off rim, the walls decorated with five rows of eight pointed and stepped oval knobs alternating with small circular bosses, the lower with four knobs alternating with four different Comedy theatre masks, the base with two concentric rings and a central dot
    5 ¼ in. (13.4 cm.) high


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    PUBLISHED:
    Y. Israeli, Made by Ennion: Ancient Glass Treasures from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, exhibition cat. (Israel Museum), Jerusalem, 2011, p. 76.

    For examples of this type of beaker see Stern, 1995, pp. 103-108, no. 8 and Whitehouse, 2001, pp. 13-14 and pp. 27-29, nos 492-496. There are various types of these beakers with different complexities of mould. This type, with stepped knobs, bosses and masks is the most complex and rare. For a similar beaker in the Archaeological Museum, Split (no. G1551) see Rnjak, 1979, p. 236, no. 476. Fragments from the lower part of a beaker seemingly blown into the same mould with four masks were found in the Necropolis of Zara; see Ravagnan, 1994, p. 124, no. 233. Various interpretations of the knobs have been offered including lotus buds, almonds, knots in a tree trunk and the knots on the club of Herakles. They have been found all over the Roman empire from St Albans to Israel.

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    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.


    Exhibited

    The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Made by Ennion: Ancient Glass Treasures from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, May-December 2011.