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Glass ribbed bowl

Early Imperial
mid-1st century A.D.
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
H.: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Diam.: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent deep purple; trail in opaque white.
Outsplayed rim, with cracked off and ground lip; short concave neck; squat, globular body curving in to flat, thick bottom.
Trail applied as a spiral on bottom, then wound up side, ending on neck as a band of fine, irregular horizontal lines; side tooled into twenty-four slender, vertical ribs.
Intact, except for one small chip on outer edge of rim; some large and pinprick bubbles; dulling, some pitting, and faint iridescence, with weathering of trail between ribs.

Ribbed bowls like these, often decorated with opaque white trails, were very popular throughout the Roman world and may be seen as successors to the cast ribbed bowls of the first century B.C. to the early first century A.D. A major center of production was probably located in Northern Italy or the province of Pannonia along the main route to the Danube frontier.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 53, pp. 66-7, 207, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: n. 20 [p. 40].

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