Fragment of Panel with Figure

Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Figure

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Figure
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Overall H: 4.8 cm, W: 6.9 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Opaque white glass over deep amethyst glass which appears black; cast, carved, cut and ground (cameo technique). Plaque consisting of amethyst layer, 0.9 cm thick, with deeply pitted lower surface, (under opaque white layer, 0.3 cm thick; fragment shows portion of torso and legs (Goldstein) or, more probably, just the thighs of a male wearing a loincloth or short tunic, facing right, holding two legs of a hoofed animal in his right hand.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
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
An Exhibition of Augustan Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1939
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) p. 45, #42; p. 327, #42; BIB# 58895
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 24, 101-102, #10; BIB# 30609
Drei Antike Gefasse aus Kameoglas in Corning, Florenz und Besancon (1964) illustrated, pp. 13-30, esp. 27-29, fig. 20;
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 104-105, #183; BIB# 27315
Augustan Art (1938) 15 p.; BIB# 24294