Bowl with Ribbed Handles

Nicole Berlin
Nicole Berlin is a graduate student in Classical Art and Archaeology. She received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from Northwestern University and has had a wide variety of experiences in the art world, from the excavation of a Roman villa at Chiusi to working on Egyptian archaeology documentaries in Rome. Nicole is a graduate intern at the JHUAM and has a particular interest in Roman wall painting.
  • Accession Number: JHUAM HT 232
  • Measurements: Diameter: 11cm, Height: 3.5cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 1st-2nd c. CE
  • Provenance: Eastern Mediterranean


This transparent blue-green bowl is hemispherical in shape and sits on a tubular foot ring. The vessel has two “grip” handles, each of which was applied as a trail of glass then tooled to form ribbing. Bowls of this type are found throughout the Mediterranean Roman provinces, from Knossos (Crete) to Israel and even Algeria.


View of the interior.

Isings form 43. Cf. Corning Museum 79.1.242 and Louvre AM 1643