Glass bowl decorated with four busts in roundels

Period: Late Imperial

Date: 4th century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown and cut

Dimensions: H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
diameter 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.318


The bowl belongs to a group of cut glass vessels well represented in finds from the Rhineland. A similar bowl (81.10.240), with four full-length figures, is displayed in the main Roman galleries on the First Floor (Gallery 169). Here there are four busts, all very similar in appearance. They are, perhaps, meant to represent imperial princes or even the four evangelists.