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A Roman blue Glass Bowl, ca. 1st century AD

of pale blue glass, the vessel with vertical sides, the flat base with convex center, rounded rim, with small decorative ridge below the rim. 

Roman glass production developed during the Hellenistic period and focused on the Hellenistic technical traditions  initially concentrating on the production of intensely colored cast glass vessels. Glass was used primarily for the production of vessels, although mosaic tiles and window glass was also produced. 

For related examples see:  Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. # 42.  Susan H. Auth " Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer collection" (1976). 

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks, remaining mineral deposits and some light iridescence in areas.

Dimensions: Height: 5.08 cm ( 2 inches)   Width:   from the top of the bowl 10.16 cm ( 4 inches) 

Provenance:  Daniel M. Friedenberg (1923-2011) private collection, Greenwich, CT.  Daniel Friedenberg admired achievement, particularly in scholarship and writing, and published several poems, more than 100 articles and seven books, including "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Land," about land development and "Sold to the Highest Bidder," about presidential politics. He was an expert in Judaica and served as part-time Curator of Coins and Medals at the Jewish Museum of New York. He believed in philanthropy and donated his collections to museums and colleges, including significant Judaica, Pre-Columbian art, first edition books and modern art. Daniel earned his living in real estate development and management in New York City, where he headed John Platt Enterprises.

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