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Overall H: 7.3 cm, Diam (max): 4.3 cm
On Display
about 1-50
Web Description: 
Gold-band glass is the most elaborate and unusual variety of ribbon glass. Strips of gold foil were laminated between ribbons of colorless glass. Precisely how these vessels were formed is still uncertain. Perhaps groups of ribbons were fused in sinuous patterns, after which the fused elements were laid side by side in a mold, fused again, and shaped by tooling. We do know that, after annealing, the vessels were finished by grinding away irregularities. The most common types, miniature bottles and cylindrical boxes with lids, were produced in Italy during the first century A.D.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue, emerald-green and yellow-brown glass bands with opaque white bands and colorless bands casing gold foil; cast from separate sections on core, manipulated to wavy pattern, lathe-cut. Tall biconical body; flared rim with lathe-cut groove lip, short cylindrical neck; narrow sloping shoulder with lathe-cut groove at edge; body splays outward to low carination, before curving in toward bottom, with lathe-cut groove at top and bottom of upper part; narrow base, slightly concave, with two lathe-cut grooves.
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Gold-Band Glass: From Hellenistic to Roman Luxury Glass Production (2019) p. 183, pl. XIII (R117);
Things that travelled : Mediterranean glass in the first millennium CE (2018) illustrated, p. 32 (fig. 2.5);
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, p. 4, fig. 1; BIB# AI1414
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 107, fig. 174; p. 112, pl. 174; BIB# 39935
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 18-19, fig. 5; pp. 6, 9; BIB# 32608
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 41, #17; BIB# 31831
Nihon dai hyakka zensho. 5. (1985) illustrated, p. 837, bottom right object on right; BIB# 3467
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 203, #556, pls. 31, 42; BIB# 29547
Glassforming: Glassmaking for the Craftsman (1970) p. 20, fig. 32; BIB# 27217
El Vidrio en el Mundo Antiguo (1969) p. 110, fig. 76; BIB# 19054
The Roman Glass of Northern Italy (1966) p. 62, pl. 4;
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 87-89, #145; BIB# 27315