50 BC-AD 100
Overall: 4.2 x 16 cm (1 5/8 x 6 5/16 in.)
Gift of the Estate of Edna M. Aldredge and Harriet G. Aldredge 1959.250
The Roman shallow ribbed bowl, with central boss, recalls the earlier Greek phiale (libation dish).
Shallow ribbed glass bowls, often light blue, green, or turquoise in color, are a fairly common ancient glass vessel type. They were likely made by blowing or pressing molten glass into molds, sometimes leaving visible air bubbles within the glass matrix. After cooling, an artisan would rotate the bowl on a wheel or lathe, using a gentle abrasive to smooth out imperfections.
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