Glass Claw Beaker

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 13 May 2016
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This glass vessel, known as a claw beaker after its claw-like decoration, is an early example of a type that grew popular throughout Anglo-Saxon England. Its form is similar to Late Roman vessels, reflecting the cultural transitions that took place in this time of migration and settlement. The beaker came from a woman's grave dating to the mid-500s CE, and was therefore around 100 years old when buried. Perhaps, it was a a prized heirloom, passed on through generations. From Mucking, Essex, England, UK. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 13). Glass Claw Beaker. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Glass Claw Beaker." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 13, 2016.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Glass Claw Beaker." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 May 2016. Web. 06 Dec 2021.