A Roman bluish-green glass modiolus Circa 2nd Century A.D. With flaring mouth and tooled hollow tubular ring above the wide cylindrical body, set on a tubular base ring, with strap handle, 4¼in (10.5cm) high
Provenance: The Cyrus Collection. Property of Fay Safani, New York. Inherited from Edward Safani, acquired in the 1970s.
Literature: Originally a grain measure made of metal, the modiolus is a broad cup which was also crafted in glass. For an almost identical example cf. L. Scatozza Höricht, I vetri romani di Ercolano, Rome, 1986, no.71, pl.29.2888.