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Overall H (max): 20.1 cm, Diam (max): 5.9 cm; Rim Diam: 4.7 cm; Base Diam (max): 5.8 cm
Not on Display
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This object belongs to a distinctive group of glasses, each of which has at least three of the following characteristics: (1) the body was blown in a mold; (2) the foot-ring was formed by coiling a trail of molten glass; (3) if there is a handle, it is shaped like a wishbone and has a notched "tail" that reaches almost to the foot; (4) after it had been cracked off, the rim received no further attention; and (5) the glass is deep blue. Objects of this type were probably made in the eastern Mediterranean region between the mid-fourth and mid-fifth centuries A.D. About 30 examples have been published. Those with known find-places come from Syria, the Crimea, Sudan, and South Korea.
Antiquarium, Ltd., Source
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Deep blue, transparent glass; blown, applied. Vase: pear-shaped,slender, slightly lopsided. Rim outsplayed and turned up, then cracked off and ground; neck slender, tapering then splaying and merging with wall; lower part of wall curves in toward bottom; base is splayed footring consisting of one trail wound in three and one-half revolutions, then flattened. Glass contains bubbles, many of which are elongated, up to 1.2 cm long.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, p. 152, #1157; pp. 153, 229; BIB# 58895
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, p. 152, #1157; pp. 153, 229; BIB# 58895
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 142, #4; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, p. 8, left;