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Greek Hellenistic Glass Bowl - Insane Iridescence!

Greece, late Hellenistic Period, ca. 1st century BCE. A fine mold-formed bowl made from dense, semi-translucent, amber-hued glass. The vessel is defined by a rounded base, gradually-expanding walls, a deep basin, and a rolled rim. The interior bears a pair of wheel-cut lines just beneath the rim and two additional bands towards the center of the bowl. The entire bowl is covered in thick earthen deposits which, as a result of aging, have formed beautiful layers of rainbow iridescence in hues of amethyst, sapphire, emerald, citrine, ruby, and topaz. A well-built example of fine Hellenistic glass! Size: 6.125" W x 2.5" H (15.6 cm x 6.4 cm).

For a stylistically-similar example, please see "Shining Vessels: Ancient Glass from Greek, Roman and Islamic Times." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1991, p. 13, fig. 15.

Condition: Repair to large area of rim with light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor nicks to rim, base, and exterior surfaces, several stable hairline fissures along upper body, light fading to wheel-cut lines, and some minor abrasions. Nice earthen deposits as well as wonderful rainbow iridescence throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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