Glass oval bowl
- Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
- first half of 1st century A.D.
- Glass; cast and cut
- H.: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Other: 3 1/2 x 4 15/16 in. (8.9 x 12.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Smith Fund, 1913
- Accession Number:
Translucent turquoise blue green.
Plain rim with ground upper edge; convex curving side, tapering downwards to flat oval bottom; two integral horizontal handles at rim on either long side, carved out in the shape of stylized palmettes with outward curving ends and a central projecting bud with incised groove on upper surface.
Cracked on bottom and lower side with one patch of fill; many pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.
The unusual shape and color of this bowl suggest that it is the product of the early Roman glass industry in Italy. Since it is said to have been found near Nazareth in Palestine, it can be seen as a rare example of a glass export from Italy to the eastern provinces of the Empire.