Diameter: 12.500 cm
Room 41: Europe AD 300-1100
Merovingian, 7th century
From Reims, Marne, France
Translucent glass shot with red spirals
Feasting and drinking were important aspects of
The red streaks in the glass may be due to the deliberate use of a colouring agent. The skill of colouring glass had been lost in the north after the end of the Roman period, but was re-introduced in the late sixth or seventh century through contacts with southern Europe.
P. Lasko, The kingdom of the Franks: nor (London, Thames and Hudson, 1971)