||Cage Cup Item 1627|
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This Hanging Roman Cage Cup from the 1st Century AD belongs to the Corning Museum of Glass Collection.
The number of known cage cups with this stereotype net pattern, including fragments, is slowly approaching fifty.
Cage Cups were used as lamps, and elements of their basic design have influenced art and architecture for centuries.
The carving process was so delicate that a law was created to deal with the contingencies of a ruined vessel.
The law addressed whether the blank vessel was itself structurally flawed or whether the glass carver's ineptitude was responsible for the ruined piece.
The demands placed on artists were quite a bit different in the ancient world.