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Glass network mosaic bowl with base ring

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
mid-1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm) diameter 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.560
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent greenish yellow, translucent cobalt blue, and opaque white.
Outsplayed horizontal rim with rounded edge; S-shaped side tapering downwards to flat bottom within applied outsplayed base ring with thick rounded edge.
Network mosaic pattern formed from lengths of two canes laid side by side across body in a pattern comprising a single blue cane flanked to either side by a pair of yellow canes; the blue and yellow canes each wound spirally with two parallel white threads; a yellow network cane also wound spirally with a double white thread is attached as rim; the base ring is yellow streaked with blue and white threads.
Broken and repaired, with two areas of fill in rim and jagged hole in base ring; some bubbles; dulling, pitting, and faint browning weathering.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 777, p. 111, pl. 108.2.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 55, 57, fig. 10.

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