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A LARGE SHALLOW ROMAN GLASS BOWL

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

A LARGE SHALLOW ROMAN GLASS BOWL of David Giles

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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