Glass mosaic dish

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan

Date: late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast and cut

Dimensions: H. 13/16 in. (2 cm)
diameter 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1959

Accession Number: 59.11.6

Description

Translucent purple, colorless, opaque white, opaque red, and opaque yellow; base ring in uncertain color.
Horizontal rim with rounded edge; carinated, shallow side, with two convex curves; flat bottom; low applied base ring, formed from a single round trail.
Composite mosaic pattern formed from polygonal sections of two similar canes: one in a purple ground outlined in white, each with a red circle surrounded a cluster of yellow rods, the other in a purple ground outlined in white, each with a red circle surrounded a cluster of white rods. On interior, central relief knob and small raised circle.
Intact; half of interior covered with dulling and iridescent weathering; all of exterior covered with briiliant iridescence; limy encrustation around rim.

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