Bowl or Cup

A work made of glass, cast.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, cast.


Mid–1st century AD


Roman; probably Italy

About this artwork

Initially affordable only among the wealthy, glass was used in ancient Rome as containers for oils, perfume, and tablewares. The variety of glass-making techniques reveals the changing tastes and fashions over the centuries. During the 1st century A.D., cast glass was a novel form that was a luxury for the Roman household, but by the end of the century, the innovation of blown glass allowed for less labor-intensive and less expensive production, which meant people of lesser means could afford it. Blown glass became so popular it nearly supplanted ceramic and even bronze wares in the home.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art


Ancient Roman


Bowl or Cup


Mediterranean Region


1 AD–50 AD


Glass, cast


4.1 × 7.5 × 7.5 cm (1 5/8 × 3 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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