Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass network mosaic bowl with base ring

1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; cast
H.: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) Diam.: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Colorless with opaque yellow.

Vertical rim with ground, inward-sloping edge; convex curving side tapering downwards to slightly convex bottom; outsplayed base ring with thick rounded edge, applied as a coil with join down one side.

Network mosaic pattern formed from lengths of three canes laid side by side and wound round in a spiral to form body, ending on the bottom; each cane wound spirally with two parallel yellow threads; another cane also wound spirally with a double yellow thread is attached as rim; the base ring is streaked with yellow threads.

Intact, but with a few internal cracks; some pinprick and a few larger bubbles; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescence.

Similar glass bowls have been recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck, located south of the Peloponnese. This first underwater excavation in Mediterranean waters was undertaken with the assistance of sponge divers in 1900. The ship is thought to have been heading west when it sank sometime in the second quarter of the first century B.C. with a large cargo of terracotta amphorae, glass vessels, and large-scale sculptures of bronze and marble.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 778, p. 111, pl. 108.3, Paris.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 35d, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 3 Römisches Buntglas in Köln., Bd. 3. p. 21, pl. 5, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1965. "The Antikythera Shipwreck Reconsidered." Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 55(3): p. 30, n. 60.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 55–56, fig. 9.

Related Objects

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Date: ca. 480 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 20.246 On view in:Gallery 157

Glass oinochoe

Date: mid-4th–early 3rd century B.C. Medium: Glass Accession: 2012.479.7 On view in:Gallery 162

Glass situla (bucket) with silver handles

Date: late 4th–early 3rd century B.C. Medium: Glass with silver handles Accession: 2000.277 On view in:Gallery 163

Glass conical bowl

Date: mid-2nd–early 1st century B.C. Medium: Glass Accession: 81.10.243 On view in:Gallery 171

Glass conical bowl

Date: mid-2nd–early 1st century B.C. Medium: Glass Accession: 81.10.130 On view in:Gallery 171