- Museum number
Pale greenish blown glass bowl with slightly concave base; the inside of the lid painted with Eros carrying a sickle and a bunch of grapes.
- Production date
100 - 200
Diameter: 7.50 centimetres (cover)
Diameter: 6.50 centimetres (mouth of vessel)
Height: 6.80 centimetres (max)
Height: 6.10 centimetres (min)
- Curator's comments
- This vessel was found in a sarcophagus in a what the excavators described as a 'fine' (presumably carefully cut) chamber tomb located south of the Sanctuary 'in the road leading from Kuklia down to the gardens in the plain' (Gardner et al. 1888, 166 and pl. VII). It had been already been excavated or looted but, apart from the painted glass lid, the tomb contained fifty intact glass items, among which were two bottles in the shape of bunches of grapes, and some earrings of unstated material (Gardner et al. 1888, 166). The tomb was found in an area south of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite where many burials of Hellenistic and Roman date have been found (at the localities Kato Alonia and Loures), while other tombs of these periods are known further to the west (see Maier and Karageworghis 1984, fig. 218; also Maier 2007, fig. 27). The area below the modern village appears to have been the main cemetery of Palaepaphos during its later phases of occupation. For an account of the town during Roman times, see Maier and Karageorghis 1984, 248ff.
Gardner E. et al. 1888, 'Excavations in Cyprus, 1887-8. Paphos, Leontari, Amargetti.', JHS 9, 147-271.
Maier F.-G. 2007, 'From regional centre to sanctuary town: Palarpaphos in the late Classical and early Hellenistic period', in P. Flourentzos (ed.), From Evagoras I to the Ptolemies (Nicosia: Department of Antiquities), 17-33.
Maier F.-G. and Karageorghis V. (1984), Paphos. History and archaeology (Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 25 Apr-19 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Glass of the Caesars
1987 18 Nov-1988 15 Mar, London, British Museum, Glass of the Caesars
1988 15 Apr-26 Jul, Germany, Cologne, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Glass of the Caesars
1988 30 Sep-1989 6 Jan, Italy, Rome, Museo Capitolino, Glass of the Caesars
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0514