Engraved Glass Bowl by Unknown Artist

A Roman provincial bowl, broken into 20 fragments, it is now complete.


19 x 5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£400 ( Total: £1,400)
Acquired in:
A F Harding

Belongs to a small but well-defined group of decorated and inscribed drinking bowls. Made of pale olive-green glass, spirally streaked, engraved on the outer surface with a mounted horseman, with flying cloak and whip, galloping through a tree-studded landscape, with two hounds driving a hare into a net. Round the scene is inscribed VIVAS CVM TVIS PIE Z= 'May you live, you and yours. Drink. Live'


Found in a 4th Century building excavated at Chapel Leazes, Wint Hill, Somerset during November 1956.

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Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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