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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1898,0719.1

  • Description

    Bottom of a vessel; glass; gilded busts of bride and groom; above them a small figure of Christ in tunic and pallium, with arms extended, holding a wreath over each of their heads; inscription in upper part.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 56.1 millimetres
    • Depth: 6.7 millimetres
    • Weight: 22 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        background
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        DVLCIS ANIMA VIVAS
      • Inscription Translation

        May you live (long), sweet soul
  • Curator's comments

    Published: W. Froehner, Collection d'antiquités du Comte Michel Tyszkiewicz (sale cat.), Paris, 1898, no 102, pl 4; C.R. Morey, The Gold-Glass Collection of the Vatican Library..., Vatican City, 1959, no 310; C. Walter, "Marriage Crowns in Byzantine Iconography", Zograf 10 (1979), p 84; Exh. cat., Glass of the Caesars, Milan, 1987, no 157; Ed., D. Buckton, Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 9a

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  • Bibliography

    • Howells 2015 37 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 613 bibliographic details
    • Buckton 1994 9a bibliographic details
    • Vopel 1899 p.47, no.137 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc8/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    1988 30 Sep-1989 6 Jan, Italy, Rome, Museo Capitolino, Glass of the Caesars
    1988 15 Apr-26 Jul, Germany, Cologne, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Glass of the Caesars
    1987 18 Nov-1988 15 Mar, London, British Museum, Glass of the Caesars
    1987 25 Apr-19 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Glass of the Caesars

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    Lot 102.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1898,0719.1

Bottom of a drinking vessel; glass; gilded busts of bride and groom; above them a small figure of Christ in tunic and pallium, with arms extended, holding a wreath over each of their heads; inscription in upper part.

Bottom of a drinking vessel; glass; gilded busts of bride and groom; above them a small figure of Christ in tunic and pallium, with arms extended, holding a wreath over each of their heads; inscription in upper part.

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