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Bell-shaped beaker

Bell-shaped beaker

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    5th century-6th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, blown in a mould with a ribbed pattern

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 3, shelf 3

Local tribes took over some Roman crafts when the Roman Empire collapsed in Western Europe. In Germany and France, the Franks continued to make glass, although on a more basic level. This Frankish beaker must have been imported into Britain at the time, as it was excavated at Ashford, Kent. This type of beaker must be completely empty before it can be put down on its rim.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Germany (possibly, made)


5th century-6th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glass, blown in a mould with a ribbed pattern


Height: 11.4 cm, Width: 6.3 cm

Descriptive line

Bell-shaped beaker, probably France or Germany (Frankish), , 400-599, 5213-1901 .

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cf. similar one illustrated in European glass - Drahotova

Labels and date

Found at Ashford, Kent []

Production Note





Ceramics Collection

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