wildcat2030: Romans Used Nanotechnology to Turn Lycurgus Cup From Green to Red 1,600 Years Ago - Cambridge University researchers have succeeded in mimicking nanotechnology used by ancient Romans to make a 4th century AD glass cage chalice change colour in different lights. Using the same process, they have made a breakthrough that could greatly increase the storage capabilities of today’s optical devices. The Lycurgus Cup, on show at the British Museum, is 1,600 years old and highly…
Roman glass cage cup British Museum - the Lycurgus Cup - green glass that glows red when light shines through it
Trésor de Boscoreale, Coupe à emblema | Musée du Louvre | Paris Coupe à emblema Fin du Ier siècle avant J.-C. - première moitié du Ier siècle après J.-C. Argent partiellement doré D. : 22,50 cm. ; H. : 6 cm. Don Baron E. de Rothschild, 1895
Ancient Roman drinking cup
Balsamaire janiforme aux têtes de Silène, muni d'une anse de panier amovible - Argent partiellement doré - Art Romain, IIe-IIIe siècle
The Lycurgus Cup: This extraordinary cup is the only complete example of a very special type of glass, known as dichroic, which changes colour when held up to the light. The opaque green cup turns to a glowing translucent red when light is shone through it. The glass contains tiny amounts of colloidal gold and silver, which give it these unusual optical properties. Europe AD 300-1100. View of glass when held up to the light.
The so-called Trivulzio Diatreta Cup, a 4th century glass jug surrounded by a web of glass circles, around the surface runs Latin inscription BIVE VIVAS MULTIS ANNI: Drink and you will live for many years, Civico museo archeologico di Milano
Lycurgus cup, one of the finest examples of Roman glassware made in the 4th century AD, British Museum, London The cup is an example of the diatreta or cage-cup type where the glass was cut away to create figures in high relief attached to the inner surface with small hidden bridges behind the figures. The cup is so named as it depicts the myth of Lycurgus entwined in a vine. distractio infinita