Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 17, 2016


Very large Shallow Roman Glass Bowl

Very large Shallow Roman Glass Bowl

Date: Roman 3rd/4th century AD

Description: Light green color with cobalt blue rim, Diameter 36cm Height 6cm with an applied ring foot of 15 cm diameter.

Conditions: Intact with patches of rainbow iridescence

Remarks: Skillfully made with a ridge very neatly folded into the base of the glass at the point where the bowl edge starts to curve upwards. The rim is folded outwards and before folding a layer of blue glass has been applied and trapped in the fold. A separately made foot has been applied. The use of two colors in this size of dish is unique as they are commonly monochrome. Have not found a parallel in such bi-color amongst the extant examples in museum collections. As for shape there are examples of similar form made at Jalame in Israel in ancient times.

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  1. Nico said, on February 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    A fantastic example of Roman craftmanship! I know from living glass blowers that they wonder how the Romans were able to manufacture such wonderful glass objects. Nico.

  2. Hans said, on February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Welcome to the club David!!

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