Period: Late Imperial
Date: 4th century A.D.
Medium: Glass; blown and cut
Dimensions: H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
diameter 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
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.