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Glass mosaic bowl

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
1 1/4in. (3.2cm) Other: 5in. (12.7cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1415
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Colorless, translucent honey brown, translucent turquoise blue, appearing green, opaque white, opaque yellow, and opaque light blue.
Vertical rim with rounded edge; shallow, convex side, tapering downward to broad, slightly convex bottom.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections and square segments of four canes: the first in a brown ground with a white spiral; the second in a turquoise blue ground with a yellow spiral and central brown dot; the third in a colorless ground with a white spiral and central brown dot, and the fourth in blue segments. A brown cane wound spirally with a single white thread is attached as a rim.
Broken and repaired, but complete; slight pitting and dulling, three areas of creamy white iridescent weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.
Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 66–67, fig. 28.

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