Bowl with Beaded Rim

Bowl with Beaded Rim

300-500

Silver

Overall: 10.4 x 27.8 x 10.5 cm (4 1/8 x 10 15/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.259

Description

This bowl was probably intended for use in a private home, perhaps a fashionable villa on the Mediterranean coast. Wealthy Romans stored a variety of silver vessels and implements for entertaining and enjoyed using them while eating and drinking at social events. This bowl is decorated with a beaded rim, a feature often found on domestic silver bowls of this period. The basic shape was formed first by hammering. Then the bowl was polished and chased while it turned on a lathe. The beaded decoration was achieved by hammering the silver into a mold.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Silver

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