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Glass ribbed bowl

Early Imperial, Augustan
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast, tooled, and cut
H. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); diameter 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent pale blue green.
Uneven vertical rim with rounded top edge and vertical plain band below; deep convex side curving in to slightly concave bottom.
On interior, a broad band of fine abraded lines on lower part of side; on exterior, twenty-two long, slender ribs, some vertical, others slightly slanting, with flattened and tooled tops, tapering downwards and extending onto bottom.
Intact; many pinprick bubbles; on interior, patches of creamy brown weathering, and faint iridescence on exterior.
Vertical tooling indents to one side of tops of some ribs.

These examples of a very common and widespread type of early Roman cast tableware represent the three main varieties—mosaic, deep monochrome, and naturally-colored translucent glass.

Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.561)
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 50, pp. 63-4, 206, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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