Patella Cup

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Object Name: 
Patella Cup
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4 cm; Rim Diam: 9.6 cm
On Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass matrix with canes of opaque red, opaque yellow, opaque yellowish green and opaque white, and with face canes of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque yellowish green and translucent amethyst on translucent blue background; mosaic glass technique, ground and polished. Cup with double-convex profile and footring; thin, flat-topped rim, with shallow groove on inside, immediately below lip; side has double-convex profile, with narrow upper bulge and broad lower bulge, rounded at bottom. Vessel formed of diamond-shaped canes arranged in groups of four to form larger diamonds, each group consisting of either two opaque red and two opaque yellow canes or two opaque yellowish green and two opaque white canes; groups placed alternately. Four sections of squarish cane with female bust cast in body roughly equidistant from each other near base. Face cane has opaque white head and shoulders, translucent amethyst hair, and features outlined in amethyst except for thin green mouth; necklace of yellow with green spray. Applied foot consists of coil formed from mosaic canes.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
J. Paul Getty Museum 2007-10-18 through 2008-01-14
Corning Museum of Glass 2008-02-15 through 2008-05-27
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
The Fragrant Past: Perfumes of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology 1989-04-05 through 1989-06-25
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
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Antikes Glas aus der Sammlung Ray Winfield Smith: Kurpfalzischen Museum Heidelberg
Kurpfalzischen Museum 1952-11 through 1953
vetri a Roma (2012) illustrated, p. 22;
Ancient glass for the modern collector (2011-04) illustrated, p. 36; BIB# AI81693
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 115616
Create Jewelry Glass (2009) illustrated, p. 37 (top right); detail (lower left); BIB# 108860
Old Inspires New (2008-01-06) illustrated, 1A, 1E;
Exhibition: Reflecting Antiquity (2008-01-05) illustrated
Ecouri ale Romei antice in sticlaria moderna (2008) illustrated, p. 84; BIB# AI97179
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 166 (Taf. 138); BIB# 83444
L'Age du verre (2000) illustrated, p. 28, bottom; p. 152; BIB# 68729
Mozaïekglas: Een historische schets (1998) illustrated, p. 10 (b/w); BIB# AI44771
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass (1995) illustrated, pp. 11-13; p. 12, Fig. 11; p. 13, Fig. 12; BIB# 26765
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 94, pl. 159; p. 102, fig. 159; BIB# 39935
The Fragrant Past (1989) #2; BIB# 24733
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 43, #19; BIB# 31831
Mosaic Glass Face Beads: Their Significance in Northern Europe during the later Roman Empire (1985) illustrated, Volume II, p. 316, ill. fig. 4;
Vetro Mosaico, Millefiori, Murrine (1985) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# AI21549
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 95; BIB# 32417
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 186-187, #497, pls 24, 41; BIB# 29547
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 85-86, #139; BIB# 27315