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ROMAN WHEEL-CUT BOWL, 2ND CENTURY AD

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ROMAN WHEEL-CUT BOWL, 2ND CENTURY AD
"vitae brevitas homo vitro fragilior. Nonne fragilior sumus,quam si vitrei essemus? Vitrum enim etsi fragile est, tamen servatum diu durat: et invenis calices ab avis et proavis, in quibus bibunt nepotes et pronepotes, tanta fragilitas custodia est per annos". "The life of man is frailer than glass. Would we be frailer if we were glass? For, even if glass is fragile, yet, if cared for, it lasts a long time, and you find grandsons and great-grandsons drinking out of the cups of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers. Such fragile objects have been preserved throughout the years. (St. Augustine, Sermo 18.7"). Culture: Roman (Rhineland). Date: 2nd Century A.D. Material: Almost colorless glass. Condition: Intact, superb condition and rich in iridescence. Provenance: Ex: American private collection, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Measurements: 2.6 inches high (6.7 cms), 4.1 inches diam, (10.5 cms). Blown of hemispherical form with a slightly flaring rim, the body decorated with wheel- engraved decorations comprising of three rows of vertical cuts, the base with ten circular facets surrounding a star like shape. An exceedingly rare type of bowl. Cf: No. 27, Important Ancient Glass from the Collection formed by The British Rail Pension Fund, Sotheby's London, 1997 (est. 30,000 - 40,000 B.P,), Constable-Maxwell collection, no. 120; The British Museum, London, D.B. Harden et al. Masterpieces of Glass, London, 1968, p. 80, no. 103, also cat. no. 183/184, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, The Art Treasures of Russia. Our vast inventory of ancient art includes one of the finest and most comprehensive ancient glass collections ever assembled; it includes nearly every variety of pre-Roman, Roman, and Eastern Mediterranean ancient glass. If you have any specific inquiries, please let us know.


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