8 June 2004
A GREEK GLASS SKYPHOS
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 2ND-EARLY 1ST CENTURY B.C.
Pale yellow-green in color, cast, lathe-cut and polished, the hemispherical body on an outsplayed ring foot, the ring handles with projecting horizontal upper and curved lower plates designed to be held with the thumb, forefinger and middle finger, the upper surface merging with the vessel rim and framed by vertical wheel-cut grooves
3 9/16 in. (9 cm.) high
Swiss Corporate Collection, late 1980s.
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For a similar example see no. 37 in Kunina, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection. The type imitates examples in gold, silver and bronze.
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