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Bowl Fragment

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

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  • A work made of glass, ribbon technique.


1st century BCE-1st century CE



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 dishes. The ribbon pattern was made by bundling rows of parallel rods of glass, which were then fused to create swirling patterns


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Bowl Fragment


Roman Empire (Object made in)

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100 BCE–100 CE


Glass, ribbon technique


3.5 × 5.1 × 0.3 cm (1 3/8 × 2 × 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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