55 Twisted Rods

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Object Name: 
55 Twisted Rods
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Accession Number: 
Large Rod L: 14.2 cm, Diam: 0.8 cm; other fragments vary from L: 9 cm-0.7 cm, Diam: 8.5 cm-0.5 cm
Not on Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Credit Line: 
Gift of Carl Berkowitz and Derek Content
Primary Description: 
Rods of translucent deep blue, translucent amethyst, translucent light green, translucent yellow-green, opaque white and translucent bluish-green, spirally twisted trails of opaque white, opaque yellow, and green; tooled and trail-decorated. Fragments preserve a wide assortment of cane diameters and lengths with spiral decorations including thick wide trails on amethyst in blue matrix as well as yellow and green trails on colorless glass matrices; one large translucent colorless glass rod with a greenish tinge may be a spindle whirl attachment, one colorless rod with slight greenish tinge preserves a wide flat end, probably the end of a spoon, a thick greenish-yellow rod lightly twisted may be an unfinished segment.
Gutmann Collection, Former Collection
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Former Collection
Berkowitz, Carl, Source
Content, Derek, Source
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 246, #720; BIB# 29547