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Overall H: 8.6 cm; Rim Diam: 2.5 cm; Shoulder (max) W: 3.8 cm
On Display
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Light purple transparent (body); greenish white opaque (handles); mold-blown; handles applied; six-sided, with elongated cross section. Rim outsplayed with rounded lip made by folding up and in; neck cylindrical; shoulder rounded; wall tapers; base plain; no pontil mark. Continuous mold seam follows shorter axis of body, extending from lower neck down wall, across underside of base, up wall and onto lower neck. Shoulder and wall decorated in relief. On shoulder, six lunettes in raised outline, each containing three raised circular dots. On wall, six tall rectangular panels framed by four horizontal ribs at top and two horizontal ribs at bottom. Each half of body has three panels: vegetal scroll facing right, stylized palm frond with eight or nine pairs of leaves, and vegetal scroll facing left. Two opposed handles dropped onto shoulder above junctions of two panels, drawn up and in, and attached to upper neck.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (Antiques and The Arts Weekly) (2015-07-10) illustrated, p. 9C (center row); BIB# AI100463
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 44-45, pl. 515; BIB# 58895
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 64-65, #83; BIB# 27315