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Ribbed mosaic glass bowl

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, probably Italian
Medium:
Glass; cast and tooled
Dimensions:
4 1/16in. (10.3cm) Other: 7 3/8in. (18.7cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.265
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue and purple, and opaque white.
Outsplayed horizontal rim, with thick, uneven, rounded edge; convex curving side, tapering downwards.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of three canes: one in a blue ground with a white irregular square surrounding a central white dot; another in a blue ground with with white dots around a purple circle outlined in white with a central white dot; and one in a purple ground with an irregular pattern of white dots; on exterior, fourteen obliquely curving ribs extending from below rim to undercurve of side.
Broken and repaired, with holes in rim and side, most of bottom, and all of base ring missing; dulling, pitting, and slight iridescent weathering.

The bowl orginally would have had a base ring similar to 17.194.262.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 840, p. 120, pl. 141.1, Paris.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. p. 159, pl. 33, New York: W. E. Rudge.

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