Glass conical bowl

Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Colorless with slight yellow tinge.
Uneven, rounded rim; straight side, tapering diagonally downward; convex bottom.
On interior, two horizontal grooves cut in a band below rim and another band of two broader grooves around middle of side; on exterior, a band of two concentric circles around bottom with a small central circle.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior; many surface scratches on exterior.

Hemispherical and conical bowls were two of the most common and popular shapes of the Late Hellenistic period. They were fashioned not only in glass but also in metal and pottery. Those made of glass were later supplanted by deeply colored varieties and by bowls decorated with tooled ribs.

Glass conical bowl, Glass, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

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