Beaker Modified for Use as Lamp

Object Name: 
Beaker Modified for Use as Lamp

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Object Name: 
Beaker Modified for Use as Lamp
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Overall H: 12.3 cm, Diam: 11 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Translucent dark blue bubbly glass; mold-blown, rim reworked. Conical with rounded base; plain rim, re-heated and flattened; body blown into six-piece mold, then inflated further; ornament consists of zone of vertical ribs above irregular honeycomb pattern; below rim, three equidistant wheel-cut perforations, secondary but apparently ancient, to facilitate suspension. When published first (in 1957) vessel was associated with copper or copper alloy hook and chains for suspension, latter consisted of hook attached to element with one vertical and three horizontal members; chain, 13-16 cm long, attached to each horizontal member; at chain ends, final links open to form hooks for attachment to body.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 606-607, pl. 606; BIB# 58895
A Distinctive Group of Late Roman Glass Vessels (1997) p. 375, pl. 4, ill.; p. 368 ff.; BIB# 112248
Treasures in Glass (1966) illustrated, pp. 22-23, #21; BIB# 28036
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 210-211, #420; BIB# 27315
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 34, #186, pl. XVIII; BIB# 28196