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Lot 0023A
Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 2nd to 1st century BCE. A gorgeous glass hemispherical bowl with a concave bottom, rounded sides, a deep bowl cavity, a thin rim, and two interior wheel-cut grooves near the midsection and lip. This bowl would likely have been used for drinking or serving, and would have been near-transparent with a pale green appearance. A fiery layer of silvery and rainbow-colored iridescence blankets the surface and imbues the appearance with a dazzling array of chromatic variations. Hellenistic glass is among the most beautiful and highly-prized ancient glass. Size: 6" W x 1.75" H (15.2 cm x 4.4 cm).

For a very similar vessel, in form and technique, see Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. "Solid Liquid" New York, 1999, no. 53, p. 43.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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One large repair to the rim and age-commensurate surface wear, minor nicks and chips to rim, interior, and exterior of bowl, with mineral deposits throughout. Fiery iridescence visible throughout interior and exterior surface. Black ink patterns (possibly to identify a former collector) drawn on interior of bowl.

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Hellenistic Greek Glass Bowl - Stunning Iridescence

Estimate $3,500 - $4,500Oct 12, 2017