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Glass mosaic bowl fragments

2nd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast
H.: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Diam.: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Colorless, translucent cobalt blue, opaque yellow, opaque white, and semi-opaque turquoise green and deep purple.
Hemispherical bowl fragments with a slightly inverted rim with rounded edge; convex curving side.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of two composite canes, one in a colorless ground with a yellow spiral and the other, much less frequently used, in a blue ground with a white spiral; a network cane wound spirally with colorless, green, yellow, and purple trails is attached as a rim.
Broken and repaired from a dozen pieces, with several holes and one small area of fill in side; another eleven non-joining frgaments are also preserved; on interior, dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering, and on exterior, surface polishing.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 722, p. 103, pl. 91.4.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 7e, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 59-60, fig. 17.

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