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Learn more about "Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course" by American artist Ginny Ruffner.
This cup is named for JP Morgan, the famous banker who once owned it. It is the only known ancient Roman cameo glass vessel that has survived intact. The scene shows worshippers at a shrine.
This particular type of pitcher is modeled after an ancient civilization in Italy called the Etruscans. It's called a becco di oca, which means "goose beak" in Italian. This video is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app from
The glass slipper was made in Corning, New York to be worn in a movie about Cinderella. The movie was never made, so the slipper was never worn. Gift of Corning Glass Works.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to make this bird-shaped vessel. This was an ancient Roman form of packaging. It was filled with perfume, then the tail was sealed by heating it in a flame. To extract the perfume, the user broke off the tip of the tail. This
This glass baseball bat was presented to "Honest" Eddie Murphy of the Philadelphia Athletics, winners of the World Series in 1913. The Athletics had a great team. Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy.
This display of glass produced in America in the 18th and 19th centuries includes useful objects made in the 1700s, fancy art glass of the late 19th century, and glass for windows, lighting devices, and storage jars.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass cup was made.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cameo glass vase. This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.
This drinking horn has a hole in the bottom. The drinker covered the hole with his thumb while the horn was filled. Then he lifted the horn above his face, removed his thumb, and let the liquid pour into his mouth.