Glass ribbed bowl


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168

Translucent pale blue green.
Uneven vertical rim with rounded top edge and vertical plain band below; deep convex side curving in to slightly concave bottom.
On interior, a broad band of fine abraded lines on lower part of side; on exterior, twenty-two long, slender ribs, some vertical, others slightly slanting, with flattened and tooled tops, tapering downwards and extending onto bottom.
Intact; many pinprick bubbles; on interior, patches of creamy brown weathering, and faint iridescence on exterior.
Vertical tooling indents to one side of tops of some ribs.

These examples of a very common and widespread type of early Roman cast tableware represent the three main varieties—mosaic, deep monochrome, and naturally-colored translucent glass.

Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.194.561)

Glass ribbed bowl, Glass, Roman

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Left to right: mosaic glass ribbed bowl (millefiori bowl) (17.194.561); bluish green ribbed glass bowl (81.10.33); dark blue ribbed glass bowl (81.10.38)