Bowl Fragment

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

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  • A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.


Late 1st century BC/mid–1st century AD



About this artwork

There was a high demand for colorful glass that could dazzle banquet guests alongside the expensive silver and gold serving wares meant to impress. Many of these fragments would have once been a part of mosaic bowls. Each of these examples was made by sagging molten glass into bowl-shaped molds. The mosaic 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. Other examples employ the ribbon glass technique, in which rows of parallel rods of glass were fused to create swirling patterns.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art


Ancient Roman


Bowl Fragment


Roman Empire


100 BC–100 AD


Glass, mosaic glass technique


7 × 6.4 × 2.1 cm (2 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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