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Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass Volume Two

This volume continues the survey of one of the world’s most extensive collections of Roman glass. It contains 387 objects, most of which were made between the first and seventh centuries A.D.

The catalog entries in volume two are divided into four sections on the basis of technique.

Section G describes 164 objects that were decorated or inscribed by inflation in a mold. There are examples of almost all of the principal types of Roman mold-blown vessels, including first-century objects with Greek inscriptions, mythological beakers, sports cups, head-shaped vessels, and vessels with Christian or Jewish symbols.

Section H consists of 151 objects decorated with trails, and another 31 objects with appliqués. Trailed decoration was widely and apparently continuously used during the Roman period. In its simplest form, the glassmaker wound a thin trail of colored glass around the parison to produce a pattern of narrow stripes. Trails could be left in relief or marvered until they were flush with the surface. Snake-thread trails—zoomorphic or, more frequently, vegetal or abstract motifs—constitute some of the most elaborate applied deco ration on Roman glass.

Section I presents two medallions and 16 fragments of gold glass, which were decorated with gold foil sandwiched between two fused layers of glass. In most %%cases%%, the foil was decorated by removing unwanted areas and enlivening the resultant silhouettes with scratched or painted details.

Section J includes 23 objects with painted, reverse-painted, painted and gilded, or gilded decoration. Among these works are the Paris Plate, which is probably the most impressive example of Roman reverse-painted glass, and the Daphne Ewer, a cold-painted and gilded vessel that was found at Kerch on the Black Sea coast.

Each catalog entry consists of a detailed description, usually accompanied by a comment on the significance of the object and notes on similar pieces in other collections. Every object is illustrated, in most %%cases%% by a color photograph and a line %%drawing%% that shows the profile. The volume also includes concordances, indexes, and an extensive bibliography.

Pages: 
368 pages, 490 color illustrations and drawings
Author: 
David Whitehouse
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two