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drinking-vessel

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1863,0727.3

  • Description

    Bottom of a drinking vessel; glass; with low foot-rim; gilded design: within a circle are the half-figures of a husband and wife; the woman wears a diadem, collar with pendilia and a toga-like garment; the man wears a tunic and toga; between their heads is a small figure of Hercules wearing a lion's skin and holding the three apples of the Hesperides and his club; a circular inscription surrounds them and continues in smaller letters around their heads; the apples, parts of the jewelled collar and the clavus on the man's right shoulder are painted.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 105.3 millimetres
    • Depth: 5.98 millimetres
    • Weight: 79.42 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        background
      • Inscription Content

        ACERENT IN FELICES BIBATIS
      • Inscription Comment

        In smaller letters.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        border
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        ORFITUS ET COSTANTIA IN NOMINE HERCVLIS
      • Inscription Translation

        Orfitus and Constantia. Live happily in the name of Hercules, Conqueror of the Underworld.
  • Curator's comments

    Published: R. Garrucci, Vetri ornati di figure in ori trovati nei cimiteri dei cristiani primitivi di Roma, Rome, 1858, pp 69-70, pl 35, 1; O. Iozzi, Vetri cimiteriali con figure in oro conservati nel Museo Britannico, Rome, 1900, pp 28-30; C.R. Morey, The Gold-Glass Collection of the Vatican Library..., Vatican City, 1959, no 316; H. Tait (ed.), Masterpieces of Glass, London, 1968, no 90; Exh. cat., Glass of the Caesars, Milan, 1987, no 155; D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 9b. A. Demandt and J. Engemann (eds), Konstantin der Grosse (Mainz, 2007), CD Rom no I.11.51.

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  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1991 123 bibliographic details
    • Howells 2015 35 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 608 bibliographic details
    • Buckton 1994 9b bibliographic details
    • Vopel 1899 no.113, p.230, pl.i bibliographic details
    • Morey 1959 no.316, p.54, pl.XXIX bibliographic details
    • Garrucci 1858 tav.XXXV, fig.1, p.69-70 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum 2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, Treasures of Heaven 2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Constantine the Great 2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 1988 30 Sep-1989 6 Jan, Italy, Rome, Museo Capitolino, Glass of the Caesars 1988 15 Apr-26 Jul, Germany, Cologne, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Glass of the Caesars 1987 18 Nov-1988 15 Mar, London, British Museum, Glass of the Caesars 1987 25 Apr-19 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Glass of the Caesars

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides (?)
    • Associated Event: Labours of Hercules (?)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1863

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1863,0727.3

Bottom of a drinking vessel; glass; with low foot-rim; gilded design; within a circle are the half-figures of a husband and wife; the woman wears a diadem, collar with pendilia and a toga-like garment; the man wears a tunic and toga; between their heads i

Bottom of a drinking vessel; glass; with low foot-rim; gilded design; within a circle are the half-figures of a husband and wife; the woman wears a diadem, collar with pendilia and a toga-like garment; the man wears a tunic and toga; between their heads i

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