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Glass krater (mixing bowl)

2nd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
Overall: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) Diam.: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Translucent deep honey yellow.
    Outsplayed horizontal rim with slightly rounded edge; hemispherical body with convex curving sides; small, slightly convex bottom on interior; applied tall, outsplayed base with a solid, cylindrical stem with slightly concave profile, a deep concave bottom, and a thick vertical outer edge.
    On upper edge of rim, two broad concentric grooves; on interior, a single broad horizontal groove below rim; on exterior, three concentric grooves around bottom and applied base; on base, a single broad horizontal groove below stem, another around top of outer edge, and a third groove in vertical edge.
    Broken and repaired, with many small areas missing, especially in body; a few pinprick and larger bubbles; patches of thick creamy weathering and elsewhere some dulling and iridescence.
    Rotary grinding marks on interior and exterior of both body and base. One small jagged piece of same-colored glass is attached to the bottom of the base.

    This large footed bowl, possibly used for mixing wine, belongs to a small group of luxury glass vessels that remains problematic, for neither their date nor their place of manufacture have yet been precisely ascertained.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan, 71. Paris, no. 1524, p. 203, pl. 269.

    Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: p. 14, figs. 1-2.

    von Saldern, Axel. 1975. "Two Achaemenid Glass Bowls and a Hoard of Hellenistic Glass Vessels." Journal of Glass Studies, 17: pp. 43-44 n. 2.

    Platz-Horster, Gertrud. 1995. "Die Berliner Glasamphora aus Olbia." Journal of Glass Studies, 37: pp. 44, 46-47.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 233, pp. 197, 450.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History