Glass bowl

Period: Late Imperial

Date: 3rd–4th century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown and cut

Dimensions: H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
diameter 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881

Accession Number: 81.10.46


Vertical rim, knocked off and ground; shallow body curving in to flat bottom.
Wheel-cut decoration on exterior: below rim, band of 23 horizontal oval facets, alternating with and flanked above and below by pairs of smaller, rice-shaped grooves; occupying most of side, zone of four overlapping rows of vertical facets, becoming progressively thinner towards the bottom; on bottom, hexagon, outlined with a single, long groove on each side and containing a pattern of six pentagonal facets around a central pentagonal facet.
Broken and repaired with several large cracks and one small area of fill; pinprick bubbles; small patches of limy encrustation, slight dulling, and iridescent weathering, mainly within facets.