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Glass mosaic dish fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
Other: 11/16 x 2 1/8 in. (1.7 x 5.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1703
Not on view
Rim fragment.
Translucent cobalt blue, opaque white, and deep purple appearing black.
Outsplayed, rounded rim and concave curving neck.
Marbled mosaic pattern in blue ground with irregular pattern of white and purple lines and streaks.
Polished interior; pitting of surface bubbles on interior; dulling and iridescent weathering on exterior and edges.
The dish was probably very large since its estimated rim diameter is 11 13/16 in. (30 cm).
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: p. 32, fig. 1.

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