“Millefiori” glass bowl - ROM2010_11646_1


“Millefiori” glass bowl

Medium:Moulded glass with millefiori pattern
Geography: Made in Syria
Date: about 1-50 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
4.1 x 9.2 cm
Object number: 923.54.6
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

The iridescent surface of some ancient glass is the result of decay. Humidity fluctuations and acidic soil conditions cause a gradual eating-away of the surface as the glass breaks down into its natural components. A refractive film of decay builds up, producing the rainbow colours.

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