The Paris Plate

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Object Name: 
The Paris Plate
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 3.6 cm; Rim Diam: 21 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with small bubbles; blown, reverse cold painted. Shallow, thin-walled bowl; short, slightly flaring rim rounded by reheating; side curves in to convex bottom. Painted on exterior with Judgment of Paris in black, white and shades of grey, yellow, brown and violet, on red background. Paris, seated on left, in Oriental attire, with shepherd's crook in right hand, stares at spectator, as though in indecision. At his side stands Hermes (identified in Greek capitals, Ermes), naked except for chlamys fastened on right shoulder and draped over left arm. On his head are small wings, with a lotus leaf or similar motif between them; behind his head is nimbus. He turns to Paris, indicating Goddesses with herald's staff. Next to Hermes, in center of scene, stands Aphrodite, lower part of body only clad in chiton, with mantle behind her back. One end of mantle is draped around left forearm, other end held by nude Eros (identified as Pothos, Desire), who flies towards her. Beside Aphrodite sits Hear, fully dressed in peplos with belted overfold, mantle on back of head, diadem and shoes, holding scepter. Hear turns away from Aphrodite and Paris. On right of scene is Athena, seated with one foot placed on rock, wearing peplos with overfold, helmet and shoes, holding spear in right hand and resting left hand on shield with central gorgoneion. In foreground, which depicts stream or pool and meadow, on lower slopes of Mount Ida, two sheep from Paris' flock.
Dahdad, Mr. A., Former Collection
Boutros, M. E., Former Collection
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Glass of the Caesars
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
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 135965
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 406, 682; BIB# 61154
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 261-264, pls. 858A-D; BIB# 58895
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 80, 249; BIB# 61154
Reverse Paintings on Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 28; BIB# AI57440
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 271, #149; BIB# 31831
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 97; BIB# 32417
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 164-165, #341; BIB# 27315
A Masterpiece of Late Roman Glass Painting (1956) pp. 3-7;
Ancient Italy (1955) p. 66, fig. 210; BIB# 19775
A Glass Bowl with the "Judgment of Paris" (1953-06) pp. 180-187, fig. 1;