Beaker, blown glass

Production date
Circa 1 CE
Country
Cyprus
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Description
Beaker, thin pale blue blown glass with small bubbles. Cylindrical slightly sagging body tapering toward slightly inverted rim, reheated and rounded off with thickening on the inside. Deep pointed kicked base. Four equidistant lightly engraved horizontal lines at mid-body not extending all round body, and one above base. Hairline crack across the base exending to body. No iridescence and little discolouration. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p 18)
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption bowl
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
Production date
Circa 1 CE
Production place
Measurements
H65 x D83mm
Media/Materials description
Glass
Signature/Marks
decoration
History and use
This is a small glass beaker in transparent glass. Glassworkers made vessels by mixing silica (sand made of quartz) and soda, which made the silica melt at a lower temperature. Lime was also sometimes used as a stabiliser. Colourants could be added to vary the colour of vessels. Beakers such as this may have been used to hold liquids for drinking and used at the table while consuming a meal.
Associated person
Registration number
H695

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