Fragment of a Vessel

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:

1st century BC/mid–1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

In ancient Rome, there was a high demand for colorful glass that could dazzle banquet guests alongside the expensive silver and gold serving wares meant to impress. Fragments like this one would have once been a part of larger mosaic bowls. The mosaic pattern was made by sagging molten glass into bowl-shaped molds, a technique used on many of these fragments is similar to millefiori, “thousand flowers” in Italian, a modern glass-making method in which tiny rods of colored glass are bundled together, wrapped in a sheet of glass, fused, and then thinly sliced to reveal swirls of a flower-like patterns. They were arranged side by side, sometimes together with bits of colored glass, and fused together with heat.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Fragment of a Vessel

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

100 BC–100 AD

Medium

Glass, mosaic glass technique

Dimensions

2.8 × 6 × 0.3 cm (1 1/8 × 2 3/8 × 1/8 in)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1208

Extended information about this artwork

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