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Glass bowl with fluted decoration

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 2nd–early 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm) Diam.: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.322
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Semi-opaque colorless with yellowish tinge.
Outsplayed rounded rim; concave neck; deep convex side tapering slightly downward to flattish convex bottom.
On exterior, a band of two horizontal grooves around lower part of neck; a series of fifty-four shallow-cut vertical flutes on side extending from neck to bottom; below this another band of two horizontal grooves around bottom of side surrounding an eight-pointed star pattern.
Intact, but one small internal crack in side; many pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and faint patches of brownish weathering.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.

With the decline of the core-formed glass industry in the third century B.C., casting glass in a mold became the favored technique for making luxury glass vessels.
Said to be from Cyprus

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1074, p. 148, pl. 182.6, Paris.

Weinberg, Gladys Davidson. 1961. "Hellenistic Glass Vessels from the Athenian Agora." Hesperia, 30(4): p. 387, pl. 94b.

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