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Glass mosaic ribbed bowl fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and tooled
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.7 x 4.4 cm); est. rim diameter 3 9/16 ins. (9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1643
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Rim fragment.
Translucent honey brown, cobalt blue, and opaque white.
Vertical, rounded rim; at top, straight side, then bulging outward with convex curving profile.
Spiral mosaic pattern formed from sections of a single cane in brown ground with irregular white and blue threads in parallel lines; on exterior, two vertical ribs, with flattened tops and rounded outer edges, tapering downward.
Polished exterior; pitting of surface bubbles on exterior; dulling and creamy iridescent weathering on interior, rim, and jagged edges.
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