Inlaid Bowl with Nilotic Scene

Object Name: 
Inlaid Bowl with Nilotic Scene

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Object Name: 
Inlaid Bowl with Nilotic Scene
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4.4 cm, Diam (max): 20.2 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from the Ennion Society and the Houghton Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Presented against a background of dark purple glass, this landscape shows the flora and fauna of the Nile River. Colorful birds and a dragonfly are displayed amid a variety of plant life, including the Nelumbo lotus. Each of the birds is different, and the plumage, beaks, and feet are carefully arranged in glass of different colors. Most easily identified is the flamingo on the left side.
Yevdayev, Mr. Slava, Source
Yevdayev, Mrs. Slava, Source
Khakhamo, Pinhas, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Bowl with Inlaid Nilotic Scene. Dark amethyst, white, red, green, blue, yellow, pink, purple glass; cast, fused, inlaid, ground, polished. Against a background of a dark, aubergine glass, a fantastic scene of a Nilotic landscape is presented in the form of colorful birds, a dragonfly, plants and flowers. The decorative elements are inlaid into the background glass. On the underside is an incised circle. The bowl was manufactured in multiple steps. The first step in the process of manufacturing this bowl was to shape a purple glass disk, into which the scenic elements were inlaid. The inlay technique could have been achieved in two ways. One scenario would have the scenic elements distributed across the surface of the disk, which was then carefully reheated and the elements pressed flat with a tool until they became embedded (inlaid) in the purple glass. In the second scenario, the scenic elements were laid out on a flat surface, and the heated purple disk was placed on top of them. The disk was then pressed onto the elements until they were submerged into the disk sufficiently. The decorated disk was then transferred to a slumping form to give it is present shape. It was carefully pushed over the form to better conform to it. After annealing, the bowl was finished by grinding and polishing.
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 8, 84-85;
Glass Science in Art and Conservation: An International Conference Devoted to the Applications of Science to Glass Art and the Conservation of Glass Artifacts (2017) illustrated, p. 89 (fig. 1); BIB# 169678
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 18 (fig. 18); BIB# 149403
A New Nilotic Bowl at The Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, pp. 54-59, 64-75; BIB# 705278
Jurors' Choice (2014) illustrated, p. 88, top; BIB# AI98391
Archaologischer Kalender 2014 (2013-06) illustrated, pp. 29, 30;
Corning museum acquires rare glass antiquities (2013-01-10) illustrated, p. 2;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2012 (2013) illustrated, pp. 5, 7; BIB# AI94590
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, Front Cover; p.4; pp.8-9, #2; BIB# AI95675
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Significant Acqusitions in 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 250, #2; BIB# AI98180
Two Significant Acquisitions of Ancient Glass (2012) illustrated, p. 15 (top); BIB# AI93453