Glass mosaic jar

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd–early 1st century B.C.

Culture: Greek, probably Eastern Mediterranean

Medium: Glass; cast

Dimensions: 5 7/16 x 6 1/8 in. (13.8 x 15.6 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Accession Number: 91.1.1303


Although fragments of mosaic glass are quite numerous and widespread, relatively few intact vessels are known. This jar is one of the star pieces to have survived and is a tour-de-force of the Hellenistic glassworker's skill. Made in imitation of vessels carved in semiprecious stone, such as onyx and banded agate, it gives an idea of the opulent tastes of the age.