Cup or Bowl (Fragment)

Object Name: 
Cup or Bowl (Fragment)

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Object Name: 
Cup or Bowl (Fragment)
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Overall H: 5.3 cm; Footring H: 4.7 cm, W: 4.3 cm; Wall Th: 0.1 cm
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
Almost colorless glass, with yellowish green fracture, gold; blown, applied, gilded. Cup or bowl: fragment comprising base and very small part of lower wall. Bottom of wall tapers at very shallow angle; base flat, with thin, carefully applied footring and similar concentric ring (D. 1.8 cm) at center, surrounding very small boss. On outside of wall, at highest surviving point, minute trace of applied element. Underside of base bears Greek inscription arranged in circle between footring and inner ring, and intended to be read from inside: sigma, omega, tau, eta, rho theta, epsilon, omicron, upsilon upsilon, iota, omicron, sigma, soter theou huios, "Savior, Son of God" (all letters are correctly formed capitals; sigma consists of straight lines). Inside inner ring, two fish, head to head, with heads and tails touching. Inscription and outlines of fish appear shiny and relatively unpitted; background appears dull, with traces of gilding.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, pp. 107-108, #1065; BIB# 58895