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Ribbed mosaic glass bowl with base ring

Early Imperial
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Roman, probably Italian
Glass; cast and tooled
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent golden brown, blue, and opaque white.
Outsplayed horizontal rim, with thick, rounded edge; convex curving side, tapering downwards to convex bottom within outsplayed base ring with pointed outer edge; a deep tooled circle around edge of bottom within base ring.
Ribbon mosaic pattern formed from rectangular lengths, applied in a spiral, of a single cane in a golden-brown ground with parallel lines in white or in white and blue stripes, the pattern appearing different on the interior and outer surfaces.
Broken and repaired, with large holes in side, and part of base ring missing; pitting, slight dulling, and thick creamy iridescent weathering.

Cast deep ribbed bowl with base ring.
Said to be from Rome

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 841, pp. 120-21, pl. 141.2.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 33c, New York: W. E. Rudge.

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. 248, fig. 122, New York: Hudson Hills Press.

Schlick-Nolte, Birgit and E. Marianne Stern. 1994. Early Glass of the Ancient World, 1600 B.C.-A.D. 50: Ernesto Wolf collection. p. 316, Ostfildern.

Guzzo, Pietro. 2003. "A Group of Hellenistic Silver Objects in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 38: p. 35.

von Saldern, Axel. 2004. Antikes Glas. p. 161, fig. 136, Munich: Beck.

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