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Glass bowl with painted decoration

3rd century B.C.
glass; cast and painted
Diameter: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Concordia Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
Colorless; gilding and red enamel paint.

Ground vertical rim; side of body sloping in and rounded at bottom; flat bottom.

Painted and gilded decoration on interior: building with a gabled roof and a porch supported by columns, flanked by trees; in the left foreground is a large Macedonian shield; on the right a large box (pyxis) with pointed lid.

Broken and repaired with areas of fill; some pinprick bubbles; rotary grinding marks; black, enamel-like weathering and iridescence.

On the interior of these bowls (2005.269.1-.2) are painted scenes in red and gold leaf, possibly also with other colors now indiscernible. Both scenes can be taken to represent sanctuaries, suggesting that the glass bowls may have been made as ritual offerings.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2006. "One Hundred Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 136: p. 28.

Svyatoslav, Konkin V. 2012. "Artistic Features of Antiquity Glass : Aspects of Combining Glass and Gold." Ph.D. Diss. p. 66, fig. III.3.9. Moscow.

Cavassa, Laëtitia. 2016. "Des pyxides en verre à décor peint à l’époque hellénistique (fin IVe–fin IIe siècle avant J.-C)." Journal of Glass Studies, 58: p. 36.

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