Glass striped mosaic bowl

Early Imperial
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Roman, probably Italian
Glass; cast
H.: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Diam.: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Colorless, translucent blue, green, and yellow, opaque white and yellow.
    Vertical rim with angular edge; convex curving side tapering downwards to concave bottom.
    Striped mosaic pattern formed from lengths of two alternating canes laid side by side in seven parallel rows and separated from one another by single lengths of a network cane in colorless glass wound spirally with two opaque yellow threads; one cane comprises a central length of blue flanked by two white stripes, and the other comprises a central length of translucent yellow outlined in white and flanked by two green stripes; a colorless network cane wound spirally with a fine double yellow thread is attached as rim.
    Complete, but broken and repaired; many pinprick bubbles; pitting and creamy white iridescent weathering.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan, 71. Paris, no. 776, p. 110, pl. 108.1.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 11-12, fig. 7c.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 11-12, fig. 7c.

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

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History