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Glass mosaic bowl fragments

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
H.: 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam.: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.261
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent deep turquoise blue, opaque white, yellow, and red.
Hemispherical bowl fragment with a vertical rim with rounded edge; convex curving side.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of a single composite cane in a turquoise ground with a yellow spiral and central dot in red; interspersed with this cane are three small irregular segments in solid white; a network cane wound spirally with blue, yellow, white, and red trails is attached as a rim. One of the white segments only appears on the interior of the side.
Broken and repaired from eight pieces, with one hole in rim and another in side; on interior, dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering, and on exterior, pitting of surface bubbles and modern polishing.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 723, p. 104, pl. 91.8.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: p. 59, fig. 16.

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