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    Dish

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

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    • A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.

    Date:

    Mid–2nd-early 1st century BCE

    Artist:

    Hellenistic or early Roman; eastern Mediterranean

    About this artwork

    This luminous bowl was made using the laborious and time-consuming composition-cast mosaic glass technique. The particular combination of colors and patterns suggests that this lovely dish was created in the Eastern Mediterranean, a region that grew wealthy from trade with Asian cultures. The town homes and country houses of the local elite boasted beautifully frescoed walls, colorful mosaic floors, and lush, private gardens embellished with decorative sculptures for the sumptuous alfresco banquets that were a favorite evening pastime. This delicate mosaic glass dish was likely made to adorn a splendidly set dinner table alongside other exquisitely wrought platters, bowls, and goblets.

    On View

    Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151

    Culture

    Ancient Greek

    Title

    Dish

    Origin

    Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Date

    Made 150 BCE–50 BCE

    Medium

    Glass, mosaic glass technique

    Dimensions

    H. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); diam. 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)

    Credit Line

    Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

    Reference Number

    2004.722

    Extended information about this artwork

    Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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