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Glass bowl

Late Hellenistic
mid-2nd–early 1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranea
Glass; cast and cut
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm) diameter 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent yellow green, with one patch in light blue green.
Rounded, slightly inverted rim; hemispherical body with convex curving side; convex bottom.
On interior, two horizontal grooves cut in a band below rim; on exterior, a band of two concentric circles around bottom and a single, small central circle.
Intact, but internal strain cracks around top of side below rim; a few bubbles; slight dulling and isolated patches of brown iridescent weathering on exterior.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.

Hemispherical and conical bowls were two of the most common and popular shapes of the Late Hellenistic period. They were fashioned not only in glass but also in metal and pottery. Those made of glass were later supplanted by deeply colored varieties and by bowls decorated with tooled ribs.
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.

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