Vase

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Object Name: 
Vase
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.1.66
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 19 cm, W: 13 cm, Diam (max): 11.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
725-600 BC
Web Description: 
Between 1200 and 1100 B.C., for reasons we do not fully understand, Bronze Age cultures in and around the eastern Mediterranean collapsed. Industries making luxury goods were among the first to vanish. Few glass objects dating between 1200 and 900 B.C. have been found. The manufacture of glass vessels resumed in the second half of the eighth century in Phoenicia and Assyria, where many glass table wares have been excavated at the sites of palaces. Cast monochrome cups, bowls, and vases were among the earliest Iron Age glass vessels. This vase and the famous Sargon vase in the British Museum belong to the early series of cast and cold-worked forms. The irregularity of the finishing on the Corning example, one of the most elaborate objects of its kind, indicates that it could not have been produced on a lathe - and that it was cut and polished by hand.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1955-09-09
Color: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Thick yellow-green glass, extremely bubbly with small spatters of white weathering displaced over exterior surface, interior retains even weathering with brown incrustation and some black dendritic patterns; cast, cut and polished. Large ovoid form on elaborately profiled stem and foot; thick cylindrical collar rim sits on top of squat ovoid form which tapers down into a wide angular band profiled above and below by two horizontal relief-cut bands, the stem continues down in an almost-cylindrical shape before flaring out into a solid flat foot, below the large angular profiled band is a second smaller cylindrical band with irregular grooves; in cross section the edge is highlighted with a groove; massive lug handles, triangular in profile are cut from the original blank and extend down the side of the vessel, the handle becomes wider as it moves away from the rim and is beveled on the edges of the upper surface, the side of the handle has been cut in to form a deep vertical rectangular notch, from here the greatest thickness of the handle has been drilled at an angle toward the top and met by a smaller drill down from the upper surface of the handle.
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Venue(s)
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
 
Ancient Glass from the Collection of Ray W. Smith
Venue(s)
Fogg Art Museum 1952
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 259, 682; BIB# 61154
Upstate New York Corning Museum of Glass (2006-01) illustrated, p. 12;
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 77736
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 48, 249; BIB# 61154
All About Glass = Garasu Daihyakka (1993) p. 11; BIB# 36566
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 26-27, pl. 5; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 19, #6; p. 18; BIB# 33211
An Innovative Method to Investigate the Technique of Finishing an Ancient Glass Artifact (1983) illustrated, pp. 250-251, figs. 1a-1b;
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 90; BIB# 32417
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 17, #6; BIB# 21161
Le Nouveau Musee du verre a Corning (1980) illustrated, pp. 52-59, ill. p. 55, #5;
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 99-100, #196, pl. 11, 37; BIB# 29547
Glass and Glassmaking in Ancient Mesopotamia (1970) p. 228, fig. 50, #55; BIB# 27367
Glass Finds at Gordion (1959) illustrated, p. 33, fig. 12, #14;
Title Unknown (Glaswelt) (1958-06-11) pp. 10-16;
Rolf E. Rehfeld. 10 Jahre Glasgetsaltung (1957-06) pp. 10-11;
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 37-38, #48; BIB# 27315
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 13, #17, pl. IX; BIB# 28196
Exposition d'Art Copte (Part II) La Sculpture et les Arts Mineurs (1944) p. 23, #286;