Panel with Birds

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Panel with Birds
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Overall H: 28.8 cm, W: 28.2 cm; Panel H: 26.5 cm, W: 26.1 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
This scene of birds, set in a seemingly abstract pattern, was used for interior decoration. Similar panels adorned the villa of the Roman emperor Lucius Verus near Rome, Italy. He was co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius from A. D. 161 to 169.
Sangiorgi, Giorgio (Italian, 1886-1965), Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio (Italian), Source
Primary Description: 
Bluish-green glass matrix with opaque colored glass inlays; elements made in mosaic technique, then inlaid. Rectangular plaque; five birds of different colors perch on branches, some terminating in buds, with numerous circular leaves or flowers in background. Each bird is different: (1) top left, facing right, brown outline, yellow body and green wing; (2) top right, facing right, white body and red wing; (3) center, facing left, yellow body and red wing and feet; (4) bottom left, facing right, brown body with white streaks and blue and white wing; (5) bottom right, facing left, dark green body streaked with white and yellow, green and yellow wing, yellow feet; branches consist of canes of various colors: red and yellow, brown and white, plain white; buds are ovoid and monochrome: white (?), pale green, red; leaves or flowers are roughly circular sections from mosaic canes, the majority being either bright turquoise with red and yellow "eyes" or pale green with white "eyes".
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
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
Flowers Which Clothe the Meadows
Corning Museum of Glass 1978-04-26 through 1978-10-21
A New Nilotic Bowl at The Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 62; BIB# 705278
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18. fig. 2.3, row 1, #5; BIB# 120381
Ancient Glass = Koda-i garasu (2001) illustrated, p. 14, fig. 24; BIB# 71423
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass (1995) illustrated, p. 16, Fig. 16; BIB# 26765
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 22-23, fig. 7; pp. 6, 9; BIB# 32608
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, pp. 32-33, #10; BIB# 31831