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Cup

Cup

  • Site: Jakovo, Kormadin
  • Period: Great Migration and Middle Ages
  • Date: mid-6th century
  • Material: glass
  • Technique: blown glass
  • Dimensions: h: 12,3 cm
  • Inventory number: AS 2177

This beaker, classical in form, is made of transparent, clear glass and stands on a pasted foot. The opening and the foot are strengthened with a moulded rib. The applied spiral thread made of the same glass forms coils, which are closer at the rim and the bottom of the recipient, and which are entangled at places - possibly evidence of poor workmanship. The cup is a unique find in the central Danubian region, imported into this border zone of the Empire from some workshop in Syria or Egypt, countries which had a long tradition in the production of glassware. Since the cup was found in a child's grave which probably belongs the Gepidae, Heruli or some Germanic tribe, it is also possible that it was made in the workshop of a West Mediterranean or Central European town and brought to the territory of Singidunum by the Germanic immigrants. As the custom of placing glass vessels in graves survived longest in the Balkans and is evidenced until the late Middle Ages in the territory of Belgrade (Serbian cemeteries at Vojka, Mirijevo and Vinča), it is quite possible that the custom was not associated with the Germans, but with the autochthonous Romanized population, or with the Slavs, who were also present in this region in the middle of the 6th century.

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