Mar 16, 2009
Mar 16, 2009

Shallow Ribbed Bowl

Shallow Ribbed Bowl

50 BC-AD 100

Glass

Overall: 4.2 x 16 cm (1 5/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Gift of the Estate of Edna M. Aldredge and Harriet G. Aldredge 1959.250

Location

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The Roman shallow ribbed bowl, with central boss, recalls the earlier Greek phiale (libation dish).

Description

Shallow ribbed glass bowls, often light blue, green, or turquoise in color, are a fairly common ancient glass vessel type. They were likely made by blowing or pressing molten glass into molds, sometimes leaving visible air bubbles within the glass matrix. After cooling, an artisan would rotate the bowl on a wheel or lathe, using a gentle abrasive to smooth out imperfections.

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