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Restoration of a unique diatretum glass cup from the Late Roman period

22.02.2019

The restoration of a glass vessel from the so-called vasa diatreta group (cage cups), found in a late Roman grave within the present-day town of Yambol, was completed. The reconstruction and study of the cup formed part of the international project ‘Late Roman diatreta vessels from Bulgaria’, carried out in 2016 – 2018 jointly by the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie, Mainz, Germany, and the Regional Museum of History – Yambol. The restoration is done by Katja Broschat (RGZM).

The cup is unique by its openwork decoration consisting of an inscription and a network pattern, produced using cutting and polishing of a base colourless glass and external layer with four different bands of coloured glasses. The cup will be on display until 14 April 2019 at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, as part of the annual exhibition ‘Bulgarian Archaeology 2018’.