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Glass fragments of bowl decorated with mosaic fish

1st–3rd century A.D.
Glass; cast
Overall (a): 1 3/4 x 1 3/16 in. (4.4 x 3 cm) Overall (b): 2 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (5.7 x 7.3 cm) Overall (c): 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.1 x 4.1 cm) Overall (d): 1 7/8 x 9/16 in. (4.8 x 1.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The fragments depict life-like fish swimming in a river, lake, or pool, indicated by the blue glass background. It is uncertain whether they belong to a plate or a panel since they are now warped out of shape.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 589, p. 87, pl. 63.2-4.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1962. "Evidence for Glass Manufacture in Ancient Thessaly." American Journal of Archaeology, 66: no.2, p. 32, fig. 4.

Feugère, Michel. 2001. "Plat ou Pinax? Un Verre a Decor Mosaique de Narbonne." Journal of Glass Studies, 43: pp. 15-16, fig. 5.

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