Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass krater (mixing bowl)

2nd–1st century B.C.
Glass; cast and cut
Overall: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) Diam.: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent deep honey yellow.
Outsplayed horizontal rim with slightly rounded edge; hemispherical body with convex curving sides; small, slightly convex bottom on interior; applied tall, outsplayed base with a solid, cylindrical stem with slightly concave profile, a deep concave bottom, and a thick vertical outer edge.
On upper edge of rim, two broad concentric grooves; on interior, a single broad horizontal groove below rim; on exterior, three concentric grooves around bottom and applied base; on base, a single broad horizontal groove below stem, another around top of outer edge, and a third groove in vertical edge.
Broken and repaired, with many small areas missing, especially in body; a few pinprick and larger bubbles; patches of thick creamy weathering and elsewhere some dulling and iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on interior and exterior of both body and base. One small jagged piece of same-colored glass is attached to the bottom of the base.

This large footed bowl, possibly used for mixing wine, belongs to a small group of luxury glass vessels that remains problematic, for neither their date nor their place of manufacture have yet been precisely ascertained.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1524, p. 203, pl. 269, Paris.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: p. 14, figs. 1–2.

von Saldern, Axel. 1975. "Two Achaemenid Glass Bowls and a Hoard of Hellenistic Glass Vessels." Journal of Glass Studies, 17: pp. 43–44 n. 2.

Harden, Donald B. 1980. "A Hellenistic Footed Glass Bowl of Alexandrian Workmanship." Museum News, The Toledo Museum of Art, 22.2: pp. 17-25.

Stern, E. Marianne and Birgit Schlick-Nolte. 1994. Early Glass of the Ancient World, 1600 B.C. A.D. 50: Ernesto Wolf Collection. p. 260, Ostifildern, Germany: Verlag Gerd Hatje.

Platz-Horster, Gertrud. 1995. "Die Berliner Glasamphora aus Olbia." Journal of Glass Studies, 37: pp. 44, 46-47.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 233, pp. 197, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ignatiadou, Despoina. 2013. Diaphanēs hyalos gia zēn aristokrataia tēs archaias Makedonias (Colourless glass for the élite in ancient Macedonia). p. 130, no. 6, Thessalonikē: Archaiologiko Institouto Makedonikōn kai Thrakikōn Spoudōn.

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