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Glass ribbed bowl

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; cast, tooled, and cut
H.: 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm) Diam.: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green.
Slightly outsplayed rim with rounded edge; shallow sides curving in to slightly concave bottom.
On interior, two narrow horizontal grooves in a band at junction of side and bottom, and a small concentric circle at center of bottom; on exterior, twenty-four prominent, almost vertical ribs with angular tops and tapering towards bottom, almost touching at center.
Intact; some pinprick bubbles; slight dulling and weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior and on plain horizontal band between rim and ribs on exterior.

The rim of the bowl was finished on a lathe.
Said to be from Bagacum (modern Bavay, northern France)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. no. 8, pp. 72, 78, pl. XVIII: 86, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supp.: pp. 13, 16, fig. 11e.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pp. 181, 212-3, pl. 40, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln: herausgegeben von der Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln. Bd. 4: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne Glas in Köln, Bd. 4. no. 34.444, p. 22, Berlin: Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln.

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