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Glass hemispherical mosaic bowl

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
2 15/16 x 5 3/8 in. (7.5 x 13.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.35
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Translucent purple, translucent light blue, opaque white, and opaque yellow.
Slightly uneven vertical rim; convex side, tapering downward; slightly concave bottom.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of three canes: the first in a purple ground with a white spiral and central blue circle; the second in a blue ground with a white spiral and central purple circle, and the third in a blue ground with a yellow spiral, appearing green and central purple circle; a purple cane wound spirally with two fine threads in white and yellow is attached as a rim.
Broken and repaired, with one patch of fill; some pitting and dulling, iridescence, and weathering, especially on rim.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.

The red, blue, and green mosaic glass of this exquisite bowl was fused, placed over a mold, ground, and then polished. Hemispherical bowls were an especially popular form of mosaic glassware, perhaps because they show off the polychrome decoration to good effect.
Said to be from the Roman Campagna (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. III, 15.)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 50-52, 78, 138, pl. 3.15, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 1. pp. 522-23, fig. 203a, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 11, 14, fig. 7b.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1919. "'Millefiori' or Mosaic Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 14(8): pp. 173-76.

Daremberg, Charles and Edmond Saglio. 1919[1877]. Dictionnaire des antiquités grecques et romaines, Vol. 5. p. 941, fig. 7525, Paris: Hachette.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 11, 14, fig. 7b.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1965. "The Antikythera Shipwreck Reconsidered." Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 55(3): p. 35 n. 28.

Papathanasopoulous, Giōrgos Athanasiou. 1966. "Ellenistika gyalina aggeia tou mouseiou Pylou." Arkhaiologikon Delton, 21: pp. 193-94, pl. 67a.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 62-63, figs. 23-24.

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