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Glass bowl

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
H.: 2 11/16 x 3 5/16 in. (6.8 x 8.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Greenish colorless.
Outsplayed, thick rim, with ground lip; globular body; thick, flat bottom.
Wheel-cut decoration on exterior: below rim, two horizontal lines; on body, three horizontal bands of twenty-two vertical oval facets; on bottom, large round facet surrounded by a circle of six smaller round facets.
Intact, except for one small weathered chip below rim; pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, faint weathering and iridescence,

Glass to a large extent supplanted pottery as the principal medium for good quality tableware during the later imperial period, especially in the northwestern provinces. Many of the glass vessels were decorated with cut designs, some figural but others with detailed linear or facet patterns—as in the case of these three vessels, a dish, a bowl, and a flask that may have used as a wine carafe. All three were probably made locally in Cologne.
[Group label] 81.10.46, .244, 17.194.317
Said to be from Cologne (Froehner 1879, p. 139, pl. XXII, 93)

Before 1879, bought by Jules Charvet in Italy; 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, 97, 139, pl. XXII, 93, 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. 633, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Thorpe, William A. 1938. "The Prelude to European Cut Glass." Transactions of the Society of Glass Technology, 23: p. 29, n. 8.

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