Wineglass with Beadwork

Object Name: 
Wineglass with Beadwork

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Object Name: 
Wineglass with Beadwork
Accession Number: 
80.3.22 A
H: 13.6 cm, D (rim): 6.1 cm
On Display
about 1820-1840
Primary Description: 
Wineglass with Beadwork. Colorless non-lead glass; blown, woven beaded covering. (A) Tall, bell-shaped bowl; short, straight stem; circular foot; two-thirds of bowl, stem and foot are covered with closely-woven beadwork, with a band of colored flowers at the top and around the foot; the rest, a colorless ground with scattered "florettes" of blue and gold beads; strips of silver-colored metal foil inserted between the bowl and the woven backing for the beadwork. (B) Tall, bell-shaped bowl; short, straight stem; circular foot with ground pontil mark; two-thirds of the bowl, stem and the foot are covered with closely-woven beadwork, with a band of colored flowers at the top and at the foot rim; the rest an opalescent white ground with pairs of faceted gold beads and blue beads spaced across the surface; strips of silver-colored metal foil inserted between the bowl and the fabric backing for the beads.
Strasser, Rudolf von, Source
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-05-18 through 2014-01-05
For 30,000 years, mankind has crafted beads from natural materials. With the discovery of glassmaking in the second millennium B.C., glass began to be used for this same purpose. Glass beads are universal. They have been produced throughout the 35 centuries of glass manufacturing, and by nearly every culture in the world. The glass beads and beaded objects on view in this exhibition are arranged thematically, comparing the manner in which diverse cultures have utilized beads, frequently for the same purposes, but sometimes for unique reasons. These themes explore how glass beads adorn the body and our possessions; how they convey messages about power and wealth, and identify the stages of human life; how they serve ritual purposes, as well as decorate clothing and objects used in rituals; and how they have been employed across the centuries as a means of exchange, both commercial and cultural. Through the centuries, beads have been made using a variety of processes. Understanding how beads were made has allowed scholars to follow the transmission of beads and beadmaking techniques across the globe. Across time and around the world, glass beads have become a common element of mankind. Through their manufacture and function, they are one of the strings that bind humanity together. “Life on a String” celebrates this common bond while also revealing the distinctiveness of different societies through their use of glass beads to celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
Corning Museum of Glass 2002-03-21 through 2002-09-23