University Museums

Title: Patella Cup
Name: Patella Cup
Date: Mid 1st century
Medium: Glass
Country/Culture: Roman
Dimensions: 2 1/16 × 3 1/8 in. (5.2 × 7.9 cm) Other: 3/16 × 1 5/16 in. diameter (0.5 × 3.3 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: 3.1.43
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One common ancient drinking vessel is called a "patella" cup. The name is derived from the Greek word meaning "to drink".

The most expensive patella cups were produced in glass. Cups of this type and shape were made in both monochrome and mosaic glass, and derive their shape from earlier metalwork and pottery types.