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Glass mosaic bowl

Early Imperial
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast
Diameter: 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (9.6 x 3.8 x 4.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent purple body with opaque white and opaque red; color(s) of base ring uncertain.

Horizontal rim with rounded, slightly downturned edge; carinated side, with two convex curves, the upper being shallow and the lower deep; convex bottom within applied outsplayed base ring with rounded edge.

Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of a single cane in a purple ground with numerous white rods surrounding a white circle filled with a red rod.

Intact; slight pitting, dulling, and patches of iridescent weathering on interior and covering all of exterior and base ring.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 115, p. 14, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

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