Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A beautiful free-blown cup formed from translucent, pale yellow-green glass with a tooled discoid foot, tall walls which gently flare outwards towards the rim, and a flared, fire-polished lip. A thin trail of sapphire-blue glass is wrapped around the midsection of the exterior and provides a nice chromatic contrast to the olive-hued vessel. Faint areas of silvery iridescence are scattered across the exterior surface. Size: 2.8" W x 4.125" H (7.1 cm x 10.5 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-private Connecticut, USA collection, acquired from Christopher Sheppard, London, England, United Kingdom in June, 2010
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