Cone Beaker

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Object Name: 
Cone Beaker
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 17.6 cm; Rim Diam: 8.5 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
The beaker was blown and decorated with seven horizontal trails. The uppermost trail is straight. The other trails are zigzags, which together form a net surrounding the vessel. The beaker is intact and has no obvious weathering. The object was found in the King’s Field at Faversham, Kent, in southeastern England. The King’s Field is the site of a high-status, sixth- to seventh-century Anglo-Saxon cemetery, which was discovered in 1858. Many finds from the cemetery are now in the British Museum. Our object is illustrated in an 1878 watercolor annotated with the information that it was found in 1862. At that time, a local doctor acquired the beaker, perhaps from a patient in lieu of payment. Members of the doctor’s family emigrated to Australia in 1885, taking the beaker with them. It remained in Australia until 1985, when it was purchased by the Corning Museum. Only one other beaker of this type is known. This, too, was found in the King’s Field and today it is in the British Museum. In the seventh century, the kings of Kent had a residence at Faversham. It has been suggested that some of the glass vessels from graves in the King’s Field were made at Faversham. Our cone beaker is one of the glasses that may have been made locally.
Hoare, Dr. William Parker, Former Collection
Cooke, P. T., Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent yellowish brown glass; trails of same color. Blown; applied. Cone beaker. Rim outsplayed, turned in and down; wall tapers, curving in at bottom; base narrow; pontil mark annular, appearing as intermittent scar. Decorated with yellowish trails; below rim, horizontal trail with overlapping zigzag trails, irregular, ends overlapping, one trail; on base, damage to end of bottom trail. .
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Title Unknown (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sidney 1959 through 1981
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 108-109, #10; BIB# 115588
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 151-153, pl. 668; BIB# 58895
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 37, #26; BIB# 35679
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1985 (1986) illustrated, pp. 4, 14;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 28 (1986) illustrated, p. 99, #5; BIB# AI17497