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LOT 0097

GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,350 - 3,520
USD ($) 2,660 - 3,980

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,207

Large Roman Glass Skyphos

1st century BC-1st century AD

A clear glass skyphos with vertical body walls, tapering towards the rim, splayed circular foot and integral ring handles formed between projecting plates, the upper with a forked terminal, the lower rounded. 352 grams, 21cm wide (8 1/4"). Fine condition, repaired. [No Reserve]

Property of a gentleman; ex Theodore Sarmas collection, acquired in the 1970s.

Cf. The Hermitage Collection, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, 1997, no.37; cf. The British Museum, Masterpieces of Glass, 1968, no.37; cf. The Metropolitan Museum, accession numbers 17.194.888 and 81.10.94, for similar examples.

This vessel was produced using casting techniques; it was then lathe-cut and polished. The skyphos was the most valuable vessel in the Greek and early Roman eras, attested by their representation on the first Jewish coins, the silver shekels minted during the First Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire in 68 AD. A limited number of these vessels can be found in museums worldwide. Although a number of fragmentary or restored examples can be found on the art market, complete examples such as the one offered here are comparatively rare.