Fragment of Panel with Helmet

Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Helmet

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Helmet
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Overall H: 15.6 cm, W: 13.3 cm, Th: 1.7 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Translucent very dark amethyst, opaque white glasses; cast and carved (cameo technique). Fragment from plaque of unknown shape and dimensions; plaque of very dark amethyst glass, which appears almost black, 1.2 cm thick, with rough lower surface, overlain by layer of opaque white glass at least 0.5 cm thick; overlay carved with helmet, shown frontally, surmounted by crest or shield, with small part of post above and behind them; crest or shield shaped like inverted heart and decorated with two opposed griffins; indeterminate fragmentary elements below and to right of helmet and shield; opaque white glass has at least three circular and oval patches, rather brighter than their surroundings, perhaps the result of devitrification.
Sangiorgi, Giorgio (Italian, 1886-1965), Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio (Italian), Source
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) p. 44, #40; p. 327, #40; BIB# 58895
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 26-27, 103, #14; BIB# 30609