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Glass bowl

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); diameter 4 3/4 in. (12 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.128
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent emerald green.
Short, outsplayed rim with beveled edge; carinated side, with two convex curves, the upper being shallow and the lower deep; slightly convex bottom within outsplayed base ring with flat edge.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; dulling, some pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior, exterior, and bottom.

These small cast bowls are modeled in shape on Roman silverware and Arretine pottery. Likewise, the brilliant emerald green color appears to be an innovation of the Roman glass industry itself. This was probably based in Italy, although examples of such bowls, either in mosaic glass or in monochrome versions of both translucent and opaque glass, are found thoroughout the Roman world.
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. 78, 83, 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.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West pp. 62-3, 206, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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