Roman Aubergine Glass Beaker


A fine Roman aubergine translucent glass beaker featuring a conical body with a slightly concave base and an out splayed everted rim. This beautiful vessel is enriched with a band of vertical ridges across the neck and different sized shapes forming a honeycomb effect around the body. Iridescence and encrustation are visible to the surface.

Date: Circa 4th century AD
Provenance: Ex J.L collection, Surrey, previously Ex James Macdonald collection (Newcastle), pre 1960’s. Then Erik Miller collection, 1970’s.
Condition: Excellent condition, hairline crack across the body.

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Roman glass objects have been recovered from domestic, industrial and funerary contexts across the expansive Empire. As in the modern day, glassware in antiquity was considered an art form, with the best pieces were valued higher than wares made from precious metals. A large part of ancient glassworks was designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying, serving and drinking water and wine at banquets.

Iridescence on ancient Roman glass was unintentional, and was caused by weathering on its surface. The extent to which a glass object weathers depends mainly on the burial conditions; however, the humidity, heat, and type of soil in which the glass was buried also all affect its preservation.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog post: Ancient Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

Weight 58.2 g
Dimensions W 7.3 x H 6.1 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 81.10.90

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