Fragment of Panel with Apostle Thomas

Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Apostle Thomas

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Apostle Thomas
Accession Number: 
86.1.1
Dimensions: 
Overall L: 79 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
350-399
Web Description: 
This fragment came from a panel composed of pieces of flat glass that were cut to the desired shapes, fitted together, and inlaid in a resinous or bituminous matrix. The panel, which depicts the apostle Thomas, once decorated the wall of a church of chapel. While glass was used to windows in antiquity, this panel was not intended for that purpose.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Galerie Nefer, Source
1986-02-19
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Opaque and translucent glass in a variety of colors, set in a resinous or bituminous matrix and backed with pieces of earthenware amphora or tile. Fragments come from the upper part and side of a rectangular panel. This contained a roundel bearing a chi-rho in gold sandwich glass on a translucent turquoise background; to the right of the roundel is a standing figure, of which only the head remains, facing left and identified, in Greek, as Thomas. The background is opaque dark blue. To the right of the figure is the remains of a column with an Ionic capital. We may suppose that the roundel was in the center of the panel, with a standing figure on either side.
Glass of the Caesars
Venue(s)
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 46; BIB# 99164
Akantas (2004) illustrated, p. 57;
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 2.3, row 1, #4; BIB# 120381
Due iscrizioni sepolcrali cristiane dalla collezione del Museo Sacro (2001) illustrated, p. 241, fig. 5; p. 242;
Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change (1999) illustrated, p. 94, Plate E.94; p. 95; BIB# 72068
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) pp. 34-35, #32A-B; p. 326, #32; BIB# 58895
Corning Museum of Glass. Newsletter (Summer'96) (1996) illustrated
Intarsia glass pictures in Coptic Egypt (1990) illustrated, pp. 240-2244, figs. 3-4; BIB# AI27186
The Thomas Panel (1988) illustrated, pp. 34-36, figs. 1-4;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 29 (1987) illustrated, p. 113, #2; BIB# AI19055
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 34, #11; BIB# 31831
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1986 (1987) p. 5;
Galerie Nefer, ancient art (#3) (1985) #34;
The History of Glass (1984) p. 32; BIB# 22683