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A Roman mosaic glass "patella" cup
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A Roman mosaic glass ‘patella’ cup\nMid-1st Century A.D.\nThe composite double convex body with an everted rim, formed from sections of five different mosaic canes, including some of translucent yellow glass with an inner opaque white spiral, some of transluscent blue glass with an inner white spiral and central yellow glass rod, some of green glass with a yellow spiral and central white rod, some with white and yellow rods in a purple matrix, and some of purple glass with an opaque red central rod surrounded by a white ring, eight thin yellow rods and an outer white ring border, set on a applied streaky yellow and green base-ring, 1½in. (3.8cm.) high, 3¾in. (9.5cm.) diam., repaired with small areas of restoration
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Provenance:

Formerly in a French private collection prior to 2000, accompanied by a French passport.

Literature:

For similar examples in the Ernesto Wolf Collection, cf. E. M. Stern & B Schlick-Nolte, Early Glass of the Ancient World, 1600 B.C. - A.D. 50, (Ostfildern 1994), no. 100-101, p.350-1

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The composite double convex body with an everted rim, formed from sections of five different mosaic canes, including some of translucent yellow glass with an inner opaque white spiral, some of transluscent blue glass with an inner white spiral and central yellow glass rod, some of green glass with a yellow spiral and central white rod, some with white and yellow rods in a purple matrix, and some of purple glass with an opaque red central rod surrounded by a white ring, eight thin yellow rods and an outer white ring border, set on a applied streaky yellow and green base-ring, 1½in. (3.8cm.) high, 3¾in. (9.5cm.) diam., repaired with small areas of restoration

dimensions

The composite double convex body with an everted rim, formed from sections of five different mosaic canes, including some of translucent yellow glass with an inner opaque white spiral, some of transluscent blue glass with an inner white spiral and central yellow glass rod, some of green glass with a yellow spiral and central white rod, some with white and yellow rods in a purple matrix, and some of purple glass with an opaque red central rod surrounded by a white ring, eight thin yellow rods and an outer white ring border, set on a applied streaky yellow and green base-ring, 1½in. (3.8cm.) high, 3¾in. (9.5cm.) diam., repaired with small areas of restoration


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