Patella cup (or bowl)

Roman or Byzantine, Egyptian, Karanis (?)
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
about 4th–5th century A.D.


Height: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.) Diameter: 14.0 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, free-blown

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Patella cup (or bowl) with incurved rim and conical foot. Body in two degrees, flaring upward. Green, somewhat bubbly glass.

A patella cup (or bowl) with an incurved rim and a truncated foot. The body is flaring upwards in two degrees, from narrow to wider (bottom to top). Similar vessels are attributed to manufacture in Egypt, probably Karanis.

Green, somewhat bubbly glass. Intact.


From a collection formed in Egypt in the early 20th century, probably by Reginald Godfrey Peckitt, Esq, formerly of the Egyptian State Railways; by 1961: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection, 1826 24th Street, N.W., Washington 8, D.C.; gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt to MFA, December 13, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt