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Glass mosaic dish

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H. 13/16 in. (2 cm) diameter 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent purple, colorless, opaque white, opaque red, and opaque yellow; base ring in uncertain color.
Horizontal rim with rounded edge; carinated, shallow side, with two convex curves; flat bottom; low applied base ring, formed from a single round trail.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of two similar canes: one in a purple ground outlined in white, each with a red circle surrounded a cluster of yellow rods, the other in a purple ground outlined in white, each with a red circle surrounded a cluster of white rods. On interior, central relief knob and small raised circle.
Intact; half of interior covered with dulling and iridescent weathering; all of exterior covered with briiliant iridescence; limy encrustation around rim.
Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 134, p. 82, fig. 134, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. no. 54, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 51, pp. 64, 206-7, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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