Dish

A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.

Date:

Mid–2nd/early 1st century BC

Artist:

Hellenistic or early Roman; eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

This luminous bowl was made using the laborious and time-consuming composition-cast mosaic glass technique. The particular combination of colors and patterns suggests that this lovely dish was created in the Eastern Mediterranean, a region that grew wealthy from trade with Asian cultures. The town homes and country houses of the local elite boasted beautifully frescoed walls, colorful mosaic floors, and lush, private gardens embellished with decorative sculptures for the sumptuous alfresco banquets that were a favorite evening pastime. This delicate mosaic glass dish was likely made to adorn a splendidly set dinner table alongside other exquisitely wrought platters, bowls, and goblets.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Dish

Origin

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Date

150 BC–50 BC

Medium

Glass, mosaic glass technique

Dimensions

H. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); diam. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2004.722

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