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Painted beaker

Find this decorative glass.

This glass beaker is 2000 years old so it is not surprising that bits of it are missing. Archaeologists had the painstaking task of piecing the fragments back together to reveal
the colourful decorations.

Notice how outlines and colours are used to give the figures and shapes roundness.

Describe what you think the people are doing.

Design your own pictures and designs for this glass shape. Hint: if you’d like to print the image only, right-click on it and select save, then print it.

Painted beaker, Begram, room 10, 1st century CE, glass, 12.6cm (height); 8cm (diameter). National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

At home

Imagine you are an archaeologist who has to put something back together again to reveal what it is. Ask someone to cut up a magazine picture or photograph for you to piece back together. Is it easy?