Cut-glass Bowl

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 4th - 5th centuries A.D.
Catalogue Entry

Blown from greenish translucent glass, this bowl was then decorated with cut work. The base of the mouth flares outward and the mouth rim is made up of 46 vertically arranged rectangular cuts. From the center of the body downward, four large circular cuts surround the base. The base has a small circular cut. Each circular cut has a pair of narrow long cuts arranged on its right and left sides. This bowl combines the sensibilities of both Roman cut-glass and Sasanian cut-glass and is thus thought to be a work from a transitional period.