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Glass ribbed bowl

Early Imperial
Early 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast, tooled, and cut
Diameter: 8 13/16 x 2 5/8 in. (22.4 x 6.7 cm) Other (thickness of the rim): 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, 2012
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent deep honey brown.
Bevelled rim with horizontal lip; shallow inward-curving neck; then raised ledge below which body curves in to concave bottom.
On interior, lathe-cut concentric circles; one at center, two at outer edge of bottom, and one on inner edge of rim; on exterior, nineteen regularly-spaced prominent rounded ribs, slanting from right to left.
Broken and repaired, with small areas of fill and internal cracks; rotary polishing marks on interior and on neck band of exterior; the rest of exterior is fire-polished; slight dulling and iridescence.

This is a particularly fine example of early Roman glass tableware. The bright translucent color is typical of the ribbed bowls found in Italy and the western provinces, whereas those from the eastern half of the empire are usually made in more muted, naturally-colored glass.
Collection of Jean-Hubert Demeulenaere, Paris, until 1985; sold at Hôtel Drouot Paris, June 3-4, 1985, lot 80. Sold by Fouat Alouf, Beirut, Lebanon, to S. Aboutaam, circa 1985; with Phoenix Ancient Art, New York and Geneva, until 1996. Acquired by Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer from Phoenix Ancient Art on August 2, 1996. Given by Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. The work was exhibited in connection with the Hôtel Drouot sale in 1985. The work has been on loan to, and on display at, the Metropolitan Museum of Art since April 2007.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. p. 41, fig. 29, p. 42, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Kyriaki Karoglou, and Seán Hemingway. 2014. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection: 2012–2014." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 72(2): p. 13.

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