A Roman yellow glass stirring rod and a green glass spoon/siphon, 2
Lot 156
A Roman yellow glass stirring rod
and a green glass spoon/siphon,
2
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,438) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Roman yellow glass stirring rod and a green glass spoon/siphon, 2
Lot Details
A Roman yellow glass stirring rod
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
The stem twisted with one looped end, tapering to bird finial at the other, with flattened hollow disc, acting as a lid, 9½in (24.5cm) long; and a green glass spoon/siphon, Roman-Islamic period, with hollow handle, the rectangular bowl with two pointed feet, 9½in (24cm) long (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    French private collection, S. Angibeaud (1898-2002), the majority of the collection acquired in the 1960s.

    Literature:
    For an example of a stirring rod formerly in the Ray Winfield Smith Collection that was acquired in the Lebanon, cf. David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Vol. 3, Corning 2003, pp. 52-3, no. 972. This example is unusual in still having its sliding glass ring that is believed to have acted as a stopper/cover for the vessel into which the rod was being dipped. For an example found at Selmjia, near Homs, Syria, described as a cosmetic spatula, cf. Susan Auth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, p. 158, no. 213, and p. 177 no 246 for a similar utensil.

    If the broken end of the spoon was originally hollow rather than closed, it may have been a siphon used for scooping up liquid out of a larger bowl. For a dark blue spoon with a hemispherical small bowl at the end of a long hollow handle cf. the Miho Museum, S.M. Goldstein et al., Ancient Glass, 2001, no. 161. The bottom of the bowl has been flattened so that it is stable when left on a surface.
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