Fragment with Saints Peter and Paul

Object Name: 
Fragment with Saints Peter and Paul

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Object Name: 
Fragment with Saints Peter and Paul
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Overall Diam (max): 9.2 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Transparent very pale glass with small bubbles; gold leaf sandwiched between two sheets of glass fused together, perhaps by blowing. Roundel with grozed edges cut from base of vessel; two sheets of glass, each 0.2 cm thick; edge of base disk turned down to form low foot with fire-polished edge; decorated in gold leaf attached to upper surface of base disc: reciprocal border, serrated, cut, scratched and containing busts of Peter and Paul, each in tunic and pallium, with full hair and beards, with heads in profile facing one another. Between heads, small figure of short-haired and beardless Christ in tunic and pallium, arms outstretched holding in each hand wreath over head of each apostle. On either side of Christ's head, space-filler. Behind head of figure on left, "PETR/VS" in thickened capitals with diagonal "S". Area behind head on right damaged.
Sangiorgi, Giorgio (Italian, 1886-1965), Source
J. Paul Getty Museum 2007-10-18 through 2008-01-14
Corning Museum of Glass 2008-02-15 through 2008-05-27
Portraits and Propaganda: Faces of Rome
David Winton Bell Gallery
Art of the Late Antique from American Collections
Brandeis University
Poses Institute of Fine Arts [held at] Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Gold-Band Glass: From Hellenistic to Roman Luxury Glass Production (2019) illustrated, p. 17 (fig. 7);
A New Nilotic Bowl at The Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 69; BIB# 705278
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 383, 682; BIB# 61154
Byzanz - das Römerreich im Mittelalter = Byzantium - the Roman Empire in the middle ages = Byzance - l'Empire romain au moyen age (2011) illustrated, p. 394 (fig. 17);
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, p. 96, #3; BIB# 115588
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 248-249, pl. 841; BIB# 58895
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 76, 249; BIB# 61154
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, p. 10, fig. 12; BIB# AI1414
Portraits and Propaganda: Faces of Rome (1989) illustrated, pp. 148-149, #137; BIB# 42175
Art of the late antique from American collections (1968) p. 50, pl. 11 (no. 21); BIB# 20965
Recent Important Acquisitions, 5 (1963) p. 143, #14; BIB# AI87079