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Glass mosaic bowl

Early Imperial
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Roman, probably Italian
Glass; cast
H.: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Diam.: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless, translucent purple, cobalt blue, turquoise blue, green, honey yellow, and semi-opaque white on body; color(s) of base ring uncertain.
Horizontal everted rim with rounded edge; carinated side, with two convex curves, the upper being narrower and slightly angular, the lower being deeper and more rounded; convex bottom within applied outsplayed base ring with rounded edge.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of monchrome canes in different colors.
Broken and repaired, with one hole in side; many pinprick bubbles; deep pitting, dulling, and brilliant iridescent weathering.

Small bowls of this shape were also made in silver and red-slipped Roman pottery.
Said to be from Beroea (modern Aleppo), Syria

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Department: Miscellaneous Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(5): p. 127.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. p. 45 n. 44, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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