Semi-opaque deep purple, appearing black, translucent light blue green, opaque white, opaque yellow, and opaque red; color(s) of base ring uncertain, but including trail of opaque yellow. Outsplayed rim with slightly pointed edge; carinated side, with two convex curves, the upper being shallow and the lower deep; slightly convex bottom within applied outsplayed base ring with rounded edge. Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of two canes: one in a purple ground outlined in white, each with a ring of yellow rods and a central white dot outlined in red and yellow; the second in a blue green ground with a spoked circle of yellow rods and a central white dot. Intact; dulling and slight iridescent weathering on interior; pitting on polished exterior.
Said to be from near Emesa (modern Homs), Syria
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Classical Department : accessions of 1912 : sculptures, terracottas, and miscellaneous objects." The bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 (8): p. 179, fig. 9.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 51, pp. 634, 206-7, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.