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Gold-glass mosaic bowl fragment

early 2nd century B.C.
Glass; cast
H.: 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm) Diam.: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless, colorless with purple tinge, translucent cobalt blue, opaque white, opaque yellow, and gold leaf.
Hemispherical bowl fragment with flaring rim with rounded edge; convex curving side.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of a single composite cane in a blue ground with a white spiral and central dot in yellow; interspersed with this cane are numerous irregular segments, one in solid white, the second in solid yellow, and the thrid in gold leaf snadwiched in colorless glass; a purplish coloress cane is attached as a rim.
Broken and repaired from twenty-two fragments, with several small holes in side; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 719, p. 103, pl. 90.5, Paris.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: p. 49, fig. 1.

Svyatoslav, Konkin V. 2012. "Artistic Features of Antiquity Glass : Aspects of Combining Glass and Gold." Ph.D. Diss. p. 67, fig. III.3.12. Moscow.

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