Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

TRANSLUCENT HIGH RIBBED BOWL

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 16, 2012

TRANSLUCENT HIGH RIBBED BOWL of The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

Late 1st Century B.C. -Mid 1st Century A.D. (Isings form 3B), Eastern Mediterranean

Size: H = 6.3 cm D= 14.0 cm
Description:Vertical rim. The thick-walled green bowl is decorated with 21 pronounced ribs, almost vertically downwards arranged . Two parallel lines, incised using a grinding wheel, inside the lower part of the bowl. Flat bottom. Intact and in excellent condition.
Provenance: Dutch collection (acquired in the1960s)
Ref. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York Nr.14.40.806
Remarks: Recent experiments by Mark Taylor & David Hill indicate how bowls like this one possibly were made: applying the ribs with a metal rod on a disc, re-heating several times and placing the glass on a mold to model the disc into the form.

For more details about the manufacturing technique, see also http://www.romanglassmakers.co.uk/ribbed.htm

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