Historical period(s)
Roman Period, late 1st century BCE-late 4th century CE
H x Diam: 5.2 x 17.5 cm (2 1/16 x 6 7/8 in)
Egypt, Possibly Alexandria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Glass, Vessel


Egypt, iridescence, molding, Roman Period (30 BCE - 395 CE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This bowl is an example of mold-pressing technique. To insure clarity in details such as the ribs radiating from the center of the base and extending up to the horizontal band along the rim, viscous glass was pressed into the mold cavity. The tooling marks evident on the rim are characteristic of bowls made by this technique.

Published References
  • untitled article. vol. 8. pp. 128-129.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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