Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. An elegant glass beaker with a semi-translucent body and a carinated rim above the base. The body rises upward then flares out at the rim. A heavy layer of mineral deposits has developed on the surface, as well as rainbow iridescence. Glass was prized in the ancient world for its translucent properties, and a drinking glass, such as this, would certainly have been owned by an elite member of society. Size: 3.125" W x 3.9" H (7.9 cm x 9.9 cm)
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, part of lot 185); ex-private United Kingdom collection, acquired between 1955 and 1976 in Lebanon and the Near East
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Repaired from multiple pieces around the base, with restoration in several small areas, and resurfacing with adhesive residue along new material and break lines. Weathering film and encrustations to surfaces. Scattered areas of nice rainbow iridescence throughout.