12 Papyrus Column Elements

Object Name: 
12 Papyrus Column Elements

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Object Name: 
12 Papyrus Column Elements
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
(a) H: 3.7 cm, Diam: 8.1 cm; (b) H: 0.9 cm, Diam: 4.1 cm; (c,h,j) H: 3.9 cm, Diam: 4.2 cm; (d) H: 4.1 cm, Diam: 4.2 cm; (e) H: 3.8 cm, Diam: 4.2 cm; (f, i) H: 4.1 cm, Diam: 4.1 cm; (g) H: 4 cm, Diam 4 cm; (j, k) H: 4.2 cm, Diam 4.2 cm
Not on Display
325-1 BCE
Primary Description: 
Capital of opaque yellow, drums of opaque yellow and opaque dark blue, rings of opaque turquoise and opaque red glass, all are bubbly, pitted, and covered with a light brown to iridescent weathering crust in various states from a smooth dull surface to a spalled and chipped pattern where the weathering product has removed thin layers of glass; cast around a solid cylindrical cored (perhaps metal) and subsequently ground and polished. (a) The capital is cast in the shape of a stylized papyrus bud and retains concentric lathe-cut polishing marks on the exterior surface, it and all subsequent elements are pierced vertically by a 1.6 cm. diameter hole. (b; three elements) A thin ring of red glass is sandwiched between two of turquoise in what may form the transitional element between capital and column shaft. (c,d,i,j) Cylindrical elements of deep blue, "d" apparently ground on both ends, the others ground only on one end, the opposite being somewhat concave in cross section. (e-h, k,l) Similar elements of opaque yellow, again ground on one or both ends.
Countess de Behague (Paris), Former Collection
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
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
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 172-173, #457 (a-l); BIB# 29547
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 53-54, #61; BIB# 27315
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 14, #22, pl. 2; BIB# 28196