Fragment of Panel with Thomas

Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Thomas

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Object Name: 
Fragment of Panel with Thomas
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall L: 79 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
This fragment came from a panel composed of pieces of flat glass that were cut to the desired shapes, fitted together, and inlaid in a resinous or bituminous matrix. The panel, which depicts the apostle Thomas, once decorated the wall of a church or chapel. While glass was used to windows in antiquity, this panel was not intended for that purpose.
Galerie Nefer, Source
Primary Description: 
Fragment of Panel with Thomas. Opaque and translucent glass in red, yellow, dark blue, turquoise, pink, green, white, and purple, set in a resinous or bituminous matrix and backed with pieces of ceramic earthenware amphora or tile; cast, cut, mosaic. Fragments come from the upper part and side of a rectangular panel. This contained a roundel bearing a chi-rho in gold sandwich glass on a translucent turquoise background; to the right of the roundel is a standing figure, of which only the head remains, facing left and identified, in Greek, as Thomas. The background is opaque dark blue. To the right of the figure is the remains of a column with an Ionic capital. We may suppose that the roundel was in the center of the panel, with a standing figure on either side.
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
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 88-89;
A New Nilotic Bowl at The Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 63 (top); BIB# 705278
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 46; BIB# 99164
Akantas (2004) illustrated, p. 57;
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 178 (Taf. 154); BIB# 83444
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 2.3, row 1, #4; BIB# 120381
Due iscrizioni sepolcrali cristiane dalla collezione del Museo Sacro (2001) illustrated, p. 241, fig. 5; p. 242;
Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change (1999) illustrated, p. 94, Plate E.94; p. 95; BIB# 72068
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) pp. 34-35, #32A-B; p. 326, #32; BIB# 58895
Corning Museum of Glass. Newsletter (Summer'96) (1996) illustrated
Intarsia glass pictures in Coptic Egypt (1990) illustrated, pp. 240-2244, figs. 3-4; BIB# AI27186
The History of Glass (1989 edition) (1989) illustrated, p. 32; BIB# 150278
The Thomas Panel (1988) illustrated, pp. 34-36, figs. 1-4;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 29 (1987) illustrated, p. 113, #2; BIB# AI19055
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 34, #11; BIB# 31831
Galerie Nefer, ancient art (#3) (1985) #34; BIB# 5273
The History of Glass (1984 edition) (1984) illustrated, p. 32; BIB# 22683