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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Bowl
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -9
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 1st century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass
Materials and Techniques: glass
Dimensions: H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), D. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 91.1.1402
Credit Line: The Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

This bowl was cast using batches of different colored glass to create four roughly equal sections in translucent purple, yellow, blue, and colorless glass. On the interior is a lathe-cut groove just below the rim. The principal decoration comprises four hanging garlands of millefiori glass fused to the upper surface of each quadrant. Few vessels made of large sections or bands of differently colored glass are known from antiquity, and this example is the only one that combines the technique with fused-on decoration. The bowl thus represents a masterpiece of glassmaking from the period when cast glass was beginning to be supplanted by vessels made using the newly invented technique of glassblowing.

AMICA ID: MMA_.91.1.1402
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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