Lord's Prayer Murrina

Object Name: 
Lord's Prayer Murrina

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Object Name: 
Lord's Prayer Murrina
Accession Number: 
94.4.111 A
Overall H: 1.7 cm, W: 2.2 cm, D: 0.5 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
In 1972, Marquis completed his master’s thesis at Berkeley with a masterpiece of murrine making: a complex word cane of the Lord’s Prayer. Marquis was familiar with the long tradition of the Lord’s Prayer in American popular culture, and as a fan of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, he knew that the prayer had been inscribed on the head of a pin. Because the pattern of the hot murrine cane can be infinitely stretched out, the words can be relatively large (that is, readable) or reduced to the size of a Ripley’s pinhead. The Museum owns several examples of Marquis’s justly famous murrine in different sizes, including a tiny piece of cane, enclosed in a cardboard holder, in which the microscopic words of the prayer fit into a space even smaller than that of a pinhead.
Marquis, Richard (American, b. 1945), Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, red, "black" glass; fused murrine cane, cut.
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-02-16 through 2014-02-02
This exhibition is part of the Corning Museum’s ongoing Masters of Studio Glass series developed to provide a platform for in-depth surveys of artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis (2012) illustrated, p. 6 (top, third from right); BIB# AI93447
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and . . . Filligree (2001) illustrated, p. 23, #4;
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and ... Filligree (2001) illustrated, p. 23 (no. 4); BIB# AI53883
Richard Marquis: Objects (1997) illustrated, p. 52, #18; BIB# 59475
Cane and Murrine Decoration in 20th Century Glass (1995) illustrated, cover; BIB# AI35091