10 December 2004
A ROMAN GLASS MODIOLUS
CIRCA SECOND HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Emerald green in color, free-blown, with a slightly tapering cylindrical body, the rim folded out and up into a deep flange, the base folded out, with a thin trail of opaque white applied below the rim and wound spirally around the body, and a single vertical strap handle
5 in. (12.7 cm.) high
European Private Collection, 1980s.
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