Mosaic Glass Bowl

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Object Name: 
Mosaic Glass Bowl
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7.4 cm, Rim Diam (max): 12.3 cm
Not on Display
125-1 BC
Web Description: 
Perhaps the most famous Hellenistic mosaic glass vessels are hemispherical bowls made of polychrome canes with spiral or star designs. The bowls were probably formed by fusing slices of the canes into a disk and slumping the disk over a mold. Most of these objects have rims that were fashioned by spirally twisting threads of different colors to produce a striped effect. Later, this technique was employed in Roman workshops. The earliest of the Hellenistic hemispherical bowls may have been made in the second half of the third century B.C., but most were produced a century later. The source of these colorful bowls is unknown. They have been found in many locations, including Greece, Italy, Egypt, and Syria. Mosaic glass bowls were a typical product of glass workshops in the eastern Mediterranean, and this example may well have been made there.
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Primary Description: 
Glass star canes of amethyst centers surrounded by opaque white with opaque yellow radiating lines in a translucent blue-green matrix alternate with star canes of translucent green centers surrounded by opaque yellow with radiating lines of opaque white in a translucent amethyst field, some pitting with light iridescence in these areas; preformed canes sagged in mold, exterior fire-polished, both surfaces lathe-polished, perhaps recently. Deep hemispherical bowl; rounded rim, finished with thick cane in bluish-green spirally wound with opaque yellow forming a flat base with two lightly cut concentric circles decorating the base. (b) Lid, ground rim, cylindrical form with rounded shoulder, small solid cylindrical handle in center of top with shallow lathe-cut circle decoration.
Treasures in Glass
Allentown Art Museum 1966 through 1966
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Antikes Glas aus der Sammlung Ray Winfield Smith: Kurpfalzischen Museum Heidelberg
Kurpfalzischen Museum 1952-11 through 1953
Antikes Glas aus der Sammlung Ray Winfield Smith
Museum Dahlem 1951-09 through 1951-11
Kiln Forming Glass (2010) illustrated, p. 17; BIB# 110657
Die nicht-geblasenen antiken Glasgefasse (2009) illustrated, p. 41; BIB# 110654
Shades of Glass (2006) illustrated, p. 16, center left; BIB# 100967
Venetian Beads, Mosaic Glass and Murrine (2003) illustrated, p. 6; p. 8, fig. 1; BIB# 77248
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and . . . Filligree (2001) illustrated, pp. 24-25, #7;
First Glass (2001) illustrated, pp. 6-7;
Cambridge Latin Course: Book II (2000) p. 106; BIB# 64896
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 49 (top); BIB# 77736
Lobmeyr 1823: Helles Glas un klares Licht (1998) illustrated, p. 191; BIB# 58172
Glass: an artist's medium (1998) illustrated, p. 76; BIB# 60085
Garasu no Hanashi (1988) p. 70; BIB# 45725
Book of Glass (1986) p. 113;
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 178, #463, pls. 23, 40; BIB# 29547
The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights (1969) p. 9, fig. 2; BIB# 27188
Millefiori Glass in Classical Antiquity (1968) illustrated, pp. 58-65, esp p. 61, fig. 21;
Treasures in Glass (1966) illustrated, pp. 16-17, no. 8; BIB# 28036
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 80, 82, #131; BIB# 27315
Antique French Paperweights (1955) illustrated, frontispiece; BIB# 19563