London, South Kensington
28 April 2009
A ROMAN CLEAR GLASS CONICAL LAMP
LATE 4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.
The body with three applied oval blue glass blobs, wheel-cut bands above and below and around the ground down rim
7½ in. (19 cm.) high
Plesch collection (AGv 21); acquired from Christopher Sheppard, London, April 1994.
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Cf. E. M. Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001, pp. 267-268 for a discussion of their use as lamps. It is thought that those with rounded rims may have been used as drinking vessels.
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