Bottle with Apollo and Marsyas

Object Name: 
Bottle with Apollo and Marsyas

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Object Name: 
Bottle with Apollo and Marsyas
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Overall H: 14.6 cm, Diam (max): 10 cm
On Display
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Purchased with funds from the Museum Endowment Fund
Primary Description: 
Bottle with Apollo and Marsyas. Transparent greenish colorless glass with polychrome decoration; blown, cold painted, gilded. Bottle with cylindrical neck and globular body; plain, fire-polished rim, narrow cylindrical neck, expanding slightly towards body, with constriction immediately above it; body spherical, with narrow, slightly concave bottom; no pontil mark. Four incised lines on neck: one below lip, two near mid-point and one above constriction. Body is almost entirely covered with single zone of ornament, with borders above and below, and decoration on base, carried out in white, bright yellow, red, light blue, yellowish green and black enamel, and gilding. Upper border consists of black running scroll on yellow band, with narrow red borders, lower border of continuous yellow herringbone motif; base has concentric ring of ten red petals surrounded by yellow dots. Main zone of ornament depicts contest of Apollo and Marsyas. Five figures are outlined in black, with flesh in gold leaf. Nike (identified in Greek capitals, Neike -), winged, approaches Apollo (Phibos [sic]). She wears laurel crown, long-sleeved chiton with large hanging fold, and stockings; upper part of chiton is white, fold blue and lower part red; stockings are green. Nike raises right arm to hold up victor's wreath, while touching Apollo with left hand. He, also with laurel crown, relaxes, leaning against stand, on which he holds lyre; he is dressed in blue chlamays, long-sleeved full length robe, which is red with bands of yellow ornament, and sandals. To left is table spread with red cloth. Beyond it is Marsyas, his hair standing on end, as if in terror, clad in skins and wearing sandals or boots laced around calves. Beside Marsyas, Athene (Pollis [sic], for Pallas) dressed, like Nike, in long-sleeved chiton with large hanging fold, and holding wand, stands with left elbow resting on miniature column; chiton is blue, green and red. Finally, on right, shorter, unnamed male figure (probably the musician Olympos), wearing a blue Phrygian cap with red raised red dots, a white shirt with green sleeves, red peplum with green skirt and green leggings with white stripe, fastens thongs to sapling. In field, clusters of dots and leaf-like sprays, all in pale green.
Uraeus Gallery, Source
Antex, Source
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
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
5000 years of glass (2012) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 133950
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 368, 683; BIB# 61154
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 28, right; BIB# 112312
Interior Design and Decoration (6th ed.) (2008) illustrated, p. 97, fig. 5-6; BIB# 96297
Did You Know? (2007-04) illustrated, p. 93;
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Rev ed.) (2004) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 98761
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 2.3, row 6, #4; BIB# 120381
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 270-272, pl. 865; BIB# 58895
Painting on Glass: Contemporary Designs, Simple Techniques (2000) illustrated, p. 5, top; BIB# 133926
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 68; BIB# 77736
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 75, 249, 251; BIB# 61154
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, Revised) (1999) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 65713
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 5; BIB# AI1414
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Paperback) (1995) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 27096
Glass, 5000 Years (1991) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 33963
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press) (1991) illustrated, p. 87, #109; BIB# 34319
Cinquemila anni di vetro (1991) illustrated, p. 87, #108; BIB# 35145
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 28; p. 29, #19; BIB# 33211
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, pp. 274-275, #151; BIB# 31831
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 27 #19; BIB# 21161
Recent Important Acquisitions, 21 (1979) illustrated, p. 119, #3; BIB# AI98081
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1978 (1979) illustrated, pp. 5-6, #1; BIB# AI97144