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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 231

    A ROMAN PALE GREEN GLASS BEAKER

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN PALE GREEN GLASS BEAKER
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a four-part mould with separate base plate, the circular walls decorated with two rows of pelta-shapes with rows of four comma-shaped bosses either side, with two stylized plants between, with concentric circle and dot on underside of base
    4 ½ in. (11.4 cm.) high


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    This beaker belongs to a rare series of tall mould-blown beakers, still to be studied comprehensively, that curve in above the tooled base, and are decorated variously with ovals, peltas, ivy tendrils, rosettes, angular meanders, shells, and laurel sprays. They have a distribution concentrated in the west (see Price, 1991, pp. 72-3, pl. 18b,c). This beaker is further distinguished by having a free-blown tooled base rather than a mould-blown one, as with a beaker found at Pompeii (cf. Beretta & di Pasquale, 2004, p. 218, no. 1.55).



    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.