Cone Beaker

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Object Name: 
Cone Beaker
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Overall H: 23.2 cm; Rim Diam: 9.9 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
When the Roman Empire collapsed, tastes in glass changed. In areas dominated by the Franks, simpler shapes and decorative styles prevailed. Cutting, engraving, and enameling disappeared. The most sophisticated techniques that survived were performed at the furnace. A cone beaker demonstrates that unsophisticated techniques can produce outstanding results. The horizontal trailing below the rim and the looped threading toward the bottom provide a contrast that complements the form of the glass, which rises sharply from a narrow base and then spreads out gradually toward the top. This object was found in England, but the quality of its workmanship and the find-places of similar pieces show that it was made in Germany or the Low Countries. The form of the cone beaker probably reflects Frankish drinking habits. An emptied glass was immediately taken from the guest and refilled. It often had a vestigial foot - or no foot at all.
Arthur Churchill (Glass) Ltd., Source
Primary Description: 
Cone Beaker. Blown; applied. Rim outsplayed, with plain, rounded lip; wall tapers and curves in at bottom; base plain; pontil mark. Single narrow trail wound spirally about 35 times around upper wall; slightly wider trail applied to lower wall in continuous band of 11 tall, narrow loops, tops of which overlap bottom three to four revolutions of spiral trail.
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