Shallow bowl with pedestal foot having ridged decoration

Roman Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138

Glass-blowing was invented in the Syro-Palestinian region in about 70 b.c. The method was rapidly passed on and came to dominate glass production everywhere in the ancient world. The invention fostered the development of a whole new range of vessel forms and techniques, including cameo glass. It was a much simpler and faster process that allowed for the mass production of plain utilitarian housewares such as bowls, plates, beakers, and flasks. By the second century A.D. such wares were regularly found in Egyptian households, as the remains from the town of Karanis in the Fayum demonstrate.

Common household glass in Egypt tends to be yellowish green to green.

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