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Glass bowl

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and trailed
3 in. (7.6 cm) Other: 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm) Diam. of foot: 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with pale green tinge and light purple streaks; base and trail in same colors.
Horizontal rounded and thickened rim with slight downward kink on one side; broad, flaring mouth; funnel-shaped sides to body, turned in sharply below; applied flaring base with thick tubular ring; uneven but flat bottom with off-center pontil scar. Bowl stands aslant on base ring.
Fine trail applied on underside of mouth, wound 2 1/2 times around top of body, and then trailed off backwards.
Intact; pinprick and larger bubbles; very slight weathering and iridescence.

Shallow colorless blown glass bowl with high foot and glass thread around neck.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXXVI, 3, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5724, p. 511-2, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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