Beaker

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Object Name: 
Beaker
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
74.1.18
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 12 cm; Rim Diam: 8.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
900-1199
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
The fills for this beaker were made with a very stable acrylic resin cast into a sheet and then textured with tiny bubbles in order to complement the weathered surface of the object. This new technique for filling losses in glass was developed in the Corning Museum of Glass conservation lab. Although we call the surface of this beaker “weathered,” it did not actually weather away. Weathering is surface deterioration common on ancient glass that has been buried for hundreds of years. The composition of the glass starts to change from the surface inward. This often results in hundreds of microscopic layers that can be relatively stable or come off in thin flakes or thicker layers. Weathering can make handling and treatment challenging because it makes the glass surface very fragile. Much of the weathered surface on this beaker is lost, leaving the remaining glass pitted and much thinner than it originally was. If an object was broken while it was buried, like this one was, then weathering can also occur on break edges, making them less likely to join properly. Our conservators have filled in the major losses of this thin beaker to provide extra structural support.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Source
1974
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
S1[illegible number]69
inscription
Painted on base
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, applied. Beaker in form of truncated cone. Rim plain, with rounded lip; wall (Th. 0.1 cm) straight and tapering; base is hollow, shaped like very shallow cone, with rounded edge; pontil mark roughly oval (L. 0.9 cm). Decoration on wall consists of broad register bordered at top by trail (2.7-3.1 cm below rim) wound three times around circumference and at bottom by similar trail (9-9.8 cm below rim), also wound three times around circumference. Register contains, near top, continuous wavy horizontal line; space below this is divided by continuous zigzag trail into eight triangular areas, four above and four below it; each area contains trailed motif, one of which resembles bird in profile facing viewer’s left. Trails have rounded profiles, as if fire-polished.