Ancient Rome, late 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. An exquisite, millefiori (mosaic glass) petite bowl of stunning periwinkle blue, violet, and lavendar hues. This mosaic technique resulted in glass that the ancient Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder described as possessing "eyes" due to the repeated eyelet motifs across the surface. According to Pliny, "Pieces of broken glass can, when heated to a moderate temperature, be stuck together, but that is all. They can never again be completely melted except into globules separate from each other, as happens in the making of the bits of glass sometimes called "eyes," and which in some cases have a variety of colors arranged in several different patterns." (Pliny, Natural History XXXVI.199 - Loeb translation by D.E.Eichholz (1962), vol. 10, p. 157) A wonderful example, replete with the finest technique and artistry. Size: 3.25" W x 1.25" H (8.3 cm x 3.2 cm)
Provenance: Ex - Prominent LA County collector who acquired these prior to 2000
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