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Mosaic Bowl

This bowl is made with a technique known in modern times as millefiori (literally “thousand flowers”). In ancient times, however, these popular bowls were identified as “mosaic” glass, because, like large mosaic floors and wall panels, they were created out of a combination of many small pieces. Different color variations were explored in these bowls, celebrating the vibrant hues that are possible with the glass medium. Bowls like this would probably have been used to hold and mix cosmetics, perfumes, and scented oils.

Mosaic Bowl
1st century BC–1st century AD
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm), diam. 3 11/16 in. (9.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.35.71