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A ROMAN AGATE PATELLA
A ROMAN AGATE PATELLA

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN AGATE PATELLA
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Light brown to smokey gray in color, with bands and swirls, finely carved with a flaring outsplayed rim, a flange encircling below, the bowl with a convex bulge above the foot, with a short stem and an offset ring foot
2¾ in. (7 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Mrs. K. Hartmann, Geneva, circa 1920; thence by descent, W. Hartmann, Geneva.

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The shape and scale of this cup relates to glass patellae that are found throughout the Roman world in the late 1st century B.C. and 1st century A.D., but for the flourish of the flange below the rim, rather than carination. The shape is also known in pottery and precious metal. For the glass examples, see nos. 297-302 in Goldstein, Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass. For a related agate cup, slightly later in date, see no. 84 in Bühler, Antike Gefässe aus Edelsteinen.
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