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Glass bowl with fluted decoration

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 2nd–early 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm); diameter 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1343
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent honey brown.
Outsplayed rounded rim; concave neck; deep convex side tapering slightly downward to slightly uneven flat bottom.
On interior, a single horizontal groove below rim; on exterior, a band of two broad horizontal grooves around lower part of neck; a series of sixty-five shallow-cut vertical flutes on side extending from neck to bottom; below this another band of two narrow horizontal grooves forming concentric circles around edge of bottom.
Broken and repaired, with two large and several small holes in body; dulling, slight pitting, and white iridescent weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior, around neck, and on bottom on exterior.

The shape and decoration on this bowl imitate Hellenistic silverwork. The star-shaped pattern on the bottom became a common motif on terracotta Megarian bowls in the first century B.C.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1074.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1961. "Hellenistic Glass Vessels from the Athenian Agora." Hesperia, 30(4): p. 387 n. 33.

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