Provincial Beaker Styles

Like pottery-making, glass-working also eventually spread deeply into the northwestern provinces, Augusta Treverorum (Trier) and Colonia Agrippina (Cologne) emerging as primary production centers by the 2nd century A.D.

Illustrated here are three kinds of glass beakers that were particularly popular in the northwestern provinces in their day, with lathe-cut banding and ribbing (produced either by pinching out the glass while it was hot, or by "optic-blowing") being the most popular methods of surface decoration.

Pinch-ribbed beaker
Late 1st century A.D.
Ht., 8.1 cm
From Adana, in Cilicia

Usk beaker
Late 1st century A.D.
Ht., 12.5 cm
From Usk, in Britain

Optic-blown beaker
4th century A.D.
Ht., 13.3
From Trier, in Germany