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Glass mosaic dish

2nd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast
Overall: 1 5/16 x 5 1/8in. (3.3 x 13cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Translucent blue, translucent turquoise green, opaque white, and opaque yellow.
Vertical rim; shallow, convex side, tapering downward to broad, slightly convex bottom.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections and square segments of four canes: the first in a blue ground with a white spiral; the second in a turquoise green ground with a yellow spiral; the third in yellow segments, and the fourth in white segments. A turquoise green cane wound spirally with a single white thread is attached as a rim.
Intact, but one chip and crack in bottom and two holes drilled in side below rim; pitting and dulling on interior, small patches of iridescent weathering, and soil encrustation on exterior.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.

This bowl is highly decorative, with spiral designs and contrasting patches of translucent and opaque glass. It imitates an even more luxurious type of tableware, for the prominent squares of yellow glass act as substitutes for sections of gold glass.
Said to be from the Roman Campagna (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. III, 14.)

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. pp. 50-52 n. 8, 78, 138, pl. 3.14, 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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 511, fig. 203, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 11, 14, fig. 7a.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 11, 14, fig. 7a.

Papathanasopoulous, Giōrgos Athanasiou. 1966. "Ellenistika gyalina aggeia tou mouseiou Pylou." Arkhaiologikon Delton, 21: pp. 193-94, pl. 67b.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 65–66, fig. 26.

Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. p. 17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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