Glass striped mosaic bowl

early 1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass, cast; cast
Height: 1 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (4.5 × 8.9 cm)
Diam. of foot: 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless, translucent deep purple (appearing almost black), pale blue green, deep honey yellow, and opaque white.

Vertical rim with rounded edge; convex curving side tapering downwards to flat bottom within applied outsplayed base ring with thick rounded edge.

Striped mosaic pattern formed from lengths of three canes laid side by side in five parallel rows and separated from one another by rows of cubes laid end to end in an irregular pattern; the central cane comprises layered lengths of white and green creating the effect of reverse colors on the exterior and interior;a cane comprising a purple stripe enclosing a fine white line, a white, a green, and then a yellow stripe that also has a white line, arranged in mirror image to either side of the central cane; and a third cane comprising green and white stripes flanking a purple stripe with a central white line; a colorless network cane wound spirally with a fine double white thread is attached as rim.

Broken and repaired, with several holes in rim and side; many bubbles; dulling, deep pitting, and iridescence.

Rotary grinding marks on interior.

A similar bowl was found in an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which is dated to ca. 70–60 B.C.
Said to be from near Emesa (modern Homs), Syria

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1930. The H. O. Havemeyer Collection: A Catalogue of the Temporary Exhibition, March 10-November 2. no. 1950, p. 111, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. "The Exhibition of the H.O. Havemeyer Collection: Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25(3): p. 75.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1968. "Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity." Journal of Glass Studies, 10: pp. 55–56, fig. 8.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. p. 37, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

Grose, David F. 1989. Early Ancient Glass: Core-Formed, Rod-Formed, and Cast Vessels and Objects from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Roman Empire, 1600 B.C. to A.D. 50. p. 196, fig. 112, New York: Hudson Hills Press.

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney, Gary Tinterow, Susan Alyson Stein, Gretchen Wold, and Julia Meech. 1993. Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection pp. 104, 116, pl. 104, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.