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Glass conical bowl

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
mid-2nd–early 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm) Diam.: 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.277
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent golden brown.
Angular, slightly inverted rim; slightly undulating straight side, tapering diagonally downward; convex bottom.
On interior, one narrow and one broad horizontal groove cut in a band below rim; on exterior, two lightly abraded small concentric circles around bottom.
Intact; some pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and patches of creamy brown weathering with very slight iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on interior; many surface scratches on exterior.

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.

Auth, Susan H. 1976. Ancient glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer Collection of antiquities. p. 45, Newark: Newark Museum.

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