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Glass bowl

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm) diameter 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Vertical rim, knocked off and ground; shallow body curving in to flat bottom.
Wheel-cut decoration on exterior: below rim, band of 23 horizontal oval facets, alternating with and flanked above and below by pairs of smaller, rice-shaped grooves; occupying most of side, zone of four overlapping rows of vertical facets, becoming progressively thinner towards the bottom; on bottom, hexagon, outlined with a single, long groove on each side and containing a pattern of six pentagonal facets around a central pentagonal facet.
Broken and repaired with several large cracks and one small area of fill; pinprick bubbles; small patches of limy encrustation, slight dulling, and iridescent weathering, mainly within facets.
Said to be from Cologne (Froehner 1879, p. 94.)

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. 79, 94-5, pl. XXII, 94, 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.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 636, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

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