Ribbon Glass Cup

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Object Name: 
Ribbon Glass Cup
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4.8 cm; Rim Diam: 8.6 cm
On Display
about 25 BCE-50 CE
Web Description: 
A new variety of mosaic glass was introduced in the first century B.C. It was “ribbon” mosaic, and the ornament consisted mainly of lengths (not slices) of canes arranged in geometric patterns. This concave-sided cup is a typical example. Many slices of just a few canes with different patterns were laid side by side on a flat surface and fused to form a disk. The disk was then placed on a convex mold and heated until the glass softened and slumped over the mold. The glassmaker then applied a softened spirally twisted cane to make the rim, and he finished the object by grinding and polishing. The fashion for brightly colored glass lasted until the mid-first century A.D., when colorless glass gained in popularity.
Hafner, Dr. German, Source
Primary Description: 
Bands of translucent blue, colorless, green, yellow-green, amethyst, opaque brick-red, opaque yellow, and opaque white glass, bubbly with thin milky-white iridescent film on interior, some slight pitting; preformed canes fused into three identical units, then sagged over former mold, fire-polished, upper parts lathe-turned. Cup with slightly concave tapering side, flat base; rounded rim finished with translucent blue band spirally wound with white, reheated and ground; concave tapering side, rounded at bottom; pattern is a series of ribbons roughly parallel to each other, repeated three times.
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Development history of ancient Chinese glass technology (2021) illustrated, p. 154;
Glass: Virtual, Real (2016) illustrated, p. 115 (bottom right); BIB# 167899
Zhongguo gu dai bo li ji shu fa zhan shi / 中国古代玻璃技术发展史 / 干福熹等著 (2016) illustrated, p. 078;
A New Nilotic Bowl at The Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 74; BIB# 705278
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 28-29; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 28-29; BIB# 135965
Making Ideas at the Corning Museum of Glass (2012) illustrated, p. 93, upper middle; BIB# AI97173
Ancient glass for the modern collector (2011-04) illustrated, p. 36; BIB# AI81693
The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time (2011) illustrated, p. 17, fig. 1;
Ribbon Glass Cup (adult) (2011)BIB# 131494
Liu li: Nü wa de yi zhen (2008) illustrated, p. 124; BIB# 167237
Mirror Palaces (Palazzi di Specchio) (2008) illustrated, p. 113 (middle); BIB# 107172
Frabel: Excellence in Glass Art (2007) illustrated, p. 37; BIB# 100291
Heisses Glas: Techniken und Projekte aus ofengeformtem Glas (2004) illustrated, p. 12, top right; BIB# 83474
El Vidrio Tecnicas de Trabajo de Horno (2003) illustrated, p. 12, top right; BIB# 83109
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 46, cover; BIB# 77736
L'Age du verre (2000) illustrated, p. 20, bottom; p. 152; BIB# 68729
Cambridge Latin Course: Book II (2000) p. 105; BIB# 64896
Enciclopedia Dell'Arte Antica, classica e orientale (1997) p. 1150, fig. 1283, left;
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 93, fig. 155; p. 101, pl. 155; BIB# 39935
Glass Capturing the Dance of Light (1993) illustrated, p. 62, top; BIB# AI30595
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 10, #16; BIB# 35681
La Seine (1992-12) p. 320, ill.;
W Fashion News Monthly (1992-12) p. 107, ill.;
Hair Mode (1992-11) p. 173, ill.;
Yokohama Collection (1992-11) p. 18, ill.;
Title Unknown (Geijutsu Shincho) (1992-10)
Glass Work (1992-07) p. 54, ill.;
With You (1992) p. 20, ill.;
Jr. Chusanatabi (1992) p. 22;
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 16, #6; p. 246; BIB# 35679
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 46;
3,500 Years of Glass (1990-03) p. 50, ill.; BIB# AI26140
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 38-39, pl. 11; jacket front; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 27, #16; p. 28; BIB# 33211
Book of Glass (1986) p. 26;
Geijutsu Shincho (1985-08) illustrated BIB# 32548
Nihon dai hyakka zensho. 5. (1985) illustrated, p. 828, upper left; BIB# 3467
Special Report: The Corning Glass Center (1985) p. 14; BIB# AI14226
Vetro Mosaico, Millefiori, Murrine (1985) pp. 5-21, ill. p. 13; BIB# AI21549
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 94; BIB# 32417
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 9, lower left; BIB# 67749
Le Nouveau Musee du verre a Corning (1980) pp. 52-59, ill. p. 54, #4;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p.25, #16; BIB# 21161
Ribbon Glass Bowls, A Continuing Tradition (1979-12) pp. 8-12, esp. fig. 1; BIB# AI61535
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 199, #540, pls. 28, 42; BIB# 29547
Recent Important Acquisitions, 15 (1973) illustrated, p. 187, #3; BIB# AI91004
Adria Antica... (1970) p. 82, #59, pl. 59; BIB# 27893
Vetri al Museo di Adria (1956) pp. 9-11; BIB# 31648