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Glass phiale (libation bowl)

Late Classical or Early Hellenistic
late 4th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; cast and cut
H. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm); diameter 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Colorless with light yellow-green tinge.

Flaring rim with rounded edge; concave neck; curving side, tapering sharply to convex bottom.

On exterior, one horizontal cut groove on underside of rim; another uneven groove around neck; on side, extending to bottom, a pattern of four pointed petals, each with two parallel vertical grooves extending from base to apex, alternating with four vertical bands of six parallel grooves; on bottom, a circle disk with an six-pointed rosette at center.

Intact, but with many internal strain cracks; pinprick bubbles; slight dulling and patches of faint iridescent weathering on exterior, some retaining impression of a pattern resembling woven textile.

Rotary grinding marks on interior.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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