Roman, later Imperial period, ca. 4th century CE. An incredibly preserved, free-blown shallow glass dish with an applied disc foot. The shape of the foot, which flares outward at its base, mirrors the shape of the rim. The body curves inward slightly and then rises again at the center, forming a gentle interior curve. Vessels like this one could have been used during any course of a Roman meal, but it would have been ideal for laying out appetizers (the course called "gustum") like cold meat or small fish around the rim. The underhanging rib underneath the rim mirrors the style of large pottery platters in use at the time. Average Roman citizens used glass vessels like this one for every course of their evening meal, known as "cena." Size: 8.5" W x 2.3" H (21.6 cm x 5.8 cm)
A Roman glass plate of similar size sold at Christie's for USD 3750 in 2010: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-roman-glass-plate-circa-3rd-4th-century-5321765-details.aspx
Provenance: private California, USA collection
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