Fragment of Cage Cup

Object Name: 
Fragment of Cage Cup

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Cage Cup
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Overall H: 3.8 cm, W: 5.2 cm
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
Opaque olive green glass appearing translucent violet in transmitted light; applied, tooled and cut on wheel. Roughly triangular fragment, apparently consisting of short section of horizontal flange rim, D: perhaps about 9 cm, but possibly greater with applied handle-like projection, originally about 6 cm wide and 4.2 cm deep; projection rises slightly towards extremity; upper surface tooled and wheel-cut in form of free-standing human or humanoid head with hair beginning immediately above eyebrows, deep-set eyes with prominent pupils, hooked nose and wide half-open mouth, all crudely and deeply cut; sides of head flat, with neither hair nor ears; short neck; shoulders and upper arms almost flat, following curve of rim, embellished with long parallel cuts; behind shoulders, one perpendicular cut, behind which surface of projection is plain except for one or two diagonal cuts near extremity.
Sheppard and Cooper, Ltd., Source
Cage Cups: Late Roman Luxury Glasses (2015) illustrated, p. 146; BIB# 146773
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 80, 249, 251; BIB# 61154
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) pp. 286-287, #481A-C; p. 380, #481; BIB# 58895
Fragments of Late Roman Cage Cups in the United States (1993) illustrated, p. 113, fig. 2; pp. 113-115; BIB# AI34300