Fragment of Cage Cup

Object Name: 
Fragment of Cage Cup

What is AAT?

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) (r) is a structured vocabulary for generic concepts related to art and architecture. It was developed by The Getty Research Institute to help research institutions become consistent in the terminology they use.Learn More

Object Name: 
Fragment of Cage Cup
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
78.1.17
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 3.8 cm, W: 5.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
300-399
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.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sheppard and Cooper, Ltd., Source
1978-11-03
Category: 
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