Glass dish

Period: Imperial

Date: ca. A.D. 100–150

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; Cast and cut

Dimensions: 1 1/16 x 3 3/16 x 5 5/8in. (2.7 x 8.1 x 14.3cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881

Accession Number: 81.10.237


Translucent light blue green.
Plain, rounded, horizontal rim; hexagonal body with straight sides tapering downward; integral hexagonal base, with ground flat edge; small flat bottom; two large integral handles, slightly upturned with rounded edge, each pierced with a central irregular star-shaped hole at base next to rim, and carved into a palmette shape with round and pointed projections.
On upper surface incised decoration running around rim, on bottom in recessed hexagonal panel, and on handles: on rim, a continuous tendril scroll with circular flowers decorated with a cross; on bottom, a lozenge with buds at angles and a central circular flower decorated with a cross; and on handles, floral pattern of leafy sprays issuing from a central stem.
Broken and repaired at one end of body with part of side and rim missing; few bubbles; dulling, faint iridescence, and patches of brownish weathering.