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Aspersorium

This object is an aspersorium, a vessel for holding holy water. It is made with ice glass, a decorative effect that causes the surface of the glass to resemble cracked ice. The aspersorium has a handle attached by two loops, an edge wrap, and a body wrap. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath.

The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the wonders of Venetian glass were well known throughout western Europe. Not well known, however, was how these objects were made. Until now. The result of 30+ years of research by William Gudenrath, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking presents 35 complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques through detailed 360˚ photography and high-definition video.