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Glass bowl fragment

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
Overall: 1 7/16 x 3 1/4 in. (3.7 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale yellowish green.
Fragment of hemispherical body and bottom.
Finely-engraved decoration comprises at least three bands, separated by two, probably horizontal grooves: on bottom, a circular medallion with an antlered stag facing right, flanked to either side by short, vertical cuts; a band with eight-rayed stars [or rosettes] (of which parts of four survive), enclosed in a continuous wavy line; the outer band on the upper side of the body is more elaborate comprising part of a circular medallion with the forelegs of an animal and, to its right, a lozenge filled with a geometric pattern (including stylized palmettes) and flanked between the corners with smaller circular medallions each containing an eight-rayed star.
Broken; pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and traces of iridescent weathering.
Caron, Beaudoin. 1997. "Roman Figure-Engraved Glass in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 32: no. 3, pp. 19, 24-25, figs. 13-14.

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