Ribbed Bowl

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Object Name: 
Ribbed Bowl
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 9.7 cm; Rim Diam: 20 cm
Not on Display
about 50-75
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Joseph de F. Junkin
Web Description: 
Among the earliest and most numerous types of glass produced by the Romans were cast monochrome vessels. In some stylistic and technical respects, Roman ribbed bowls are so similar to their Hellenistic precursors that the latter objects must have served as models for the former ones. Nevertheless, the Romans introduced some significant variations. They used brightly colored glasses, chiefly purple and blue. In addition, the ribs of these bowls are evenly spaced, producing symmetrical patterns. By the time of Augustus (r. 27 B.C.-A.D. 14), bowls of this type were used throughout the Mediterranean region, and they quickly spread to the northern provinces. They were also exported beyond the empire’s eastern frontier. They have been found in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Here is one of the largest known bowls from this period.
Junkin, Mrs. Joseph de F., Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue glass, some small bubbles; impressed, slumped, lathe-cut and polished. Deep bowl, slightly flaring rim with rounded lip and shallow lathe-cut groove on interior; two additional lathe-cut grooves accent interior, just over halfway down; side bulges slightly before curving inward to bottom; underside slightly pushed up and uneven; exterior has 30 tapering ribs, which begin just below lip and terminate before center of base; tops of ribs cut and ground when rim was lathe-polished.
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The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
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British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
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Jurors' Choice (2003) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# AI98544
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 106, fig. 170; p. 112, pl. 170; BIB# 39935
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 38, second row, right; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 18, #8; p. 246; BIB# 35679
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 40-41, pl. 12; BIB# 33819
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 52, #28; BIB# 31831
Le Nouveau Musee du verre a Corning (1980) pp. 52-59, ill. p. 54, #3;
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 154-155, #331, pl. 40; BIB# 29547
Recent Important Acquisitions, 10 (1968) illustrated, pp. 180-181, #4; BIB# AI97755