Phoenix Ancient Art: Greco-Roman Glass Bowl

1st Cent.Greco-Roman Mosaic Glass Bowl
1st Century Greco-Roman Mosaic Glass Bowl

Among the many beautiful and ancient artworks at the Geneva gallery of Phoenix Ancient Art is a Greco-Roman mosaic glass bowl from approximately the 1st century B.C.E. Ali and Hicham Aboutaam, the proprietors of Phoenix Ancient Art explain that the bowl is most likely from the Eastern Mediterranean region and was created using a technique that was first developed in this part of the world during the 3rd century B.C.E.

The bowl is produced from canes of glass in an assortment of colors including rose pink, amethyst and deep blue with white and golden yellow accents. The “thousand flowers” effect, or millefiori, is achieved using multicolored glass rods which are fused together to create the amazing variety of textures, shapes and colors.