Glass mosaic ribbed bowl

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan or Julio-Claudian

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

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast, tooled, and cut

Dimensions: diameter 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.561


Ribbed bowls were a very common and popular type of early Roman cast tableware. Examples have been found right across the Roman world and even beyond. Those in mosaic glass like this one were intended to resemble luxury vessels carved out of semiprecious stone such as banded agate.