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Glass mosaic hemispherical bowl

2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; cast
2 3/4in. (7cm) Other: 7 3/8in. (18.7cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with a blue tinge, translucent pale purple and blue, and opaque white, yellow, and pale greyish blue.
Vertical rim with rounded edge; convex curving side; convex bottom.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of a single composite cane in a colorless ground with a yellow spiral, small purple ring and central dot in greyish blue; interspersed with this cane are a small number of irregular segments, one in solid yellow, but others below rim in streaky yellow, and several others in streaky white stripes in combination with purple stripes; a colorless network cane wound spirally with yellow and greyish blue trails is attached unevenly as a rim.
Broken and repaired, with many cracks and some small holes; dulling and some surface pitting of bubbles, and creamy brown weathering covering most of interior.
Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 7d, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: p. 60, fig. 18.

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