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Glass mosaic jar

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–early 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, probably Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
5 7/16 x 6 1/8 in. (13.8 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1303
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Although fragments of mosaic glass are quite numerous and widespread, relatively few intact vessels are known. This jar is one of the star pieces to have survived and is a tour-de-force of the Hellenistic glassworker's skill. Made in imitation of vessels carved in semiprecious stone, such as onyx and banded agate, it gives an idea of the opulent tastes of the age.
Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: p. 15, fig. 3.

Grose, David F. 1989. Early Ancient Glass: Core-Formed, Rod-Formed, and Cast Vessels and Objects from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Roman Empire, 1600 B.C. to A.D. 50. p. 193, fig. 107, New York: Hudson Hills Press.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Elisabetta Valtz Fino. 2001. "In "Ars Vitraria: Glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art": Greek and Roman Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 59(1): p. 21.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 394, pp. 338, 483, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. p. 17, fig. 22, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 202, p. 260, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: p. 32, n. 3[p. 40].

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