- Museum number
- Object: The Portland Vase Disc
A disc in translucent blue and opaque white cameo glass. The disc has been cut down from a larger composition.
The decoration, in white, shows the upper part of a young man in profile, gazing to the right; the forefinger of his right hand is raised towards the chin expressing doubt or consternation.
- Production date
15 BC - AD 25 (Roberts et al 2010)
Diameter: 12.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Associated since the early 17th century. The disc des not belong, but was cut down from a larger piece.
This was added as a new base to the truncated Portland Vase (1945.9-27.1), perhaps even in antiquity. The two pieces have been associated since at least the early 17th century. However, they evidently do not belong together, since they differ in colour, composition and style, and the disc was cut down from a larger composition.
- On display (G70/dc12)
- Exhibition history
1987 25 Apr-19 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Glass of the Caesars
1987 18 Nov-1988 15 Mar, London, British Museum, Glass of the Caesars
1988 15 Apr-26 Jul, Germany, Cologne, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Glass of the Caesars
1988 30 Sep-1989 6 Jan, Italy, Rome, Museo Capitolino, Glass of the Caesars
2007 18 Oct-2008 14 Jan, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome
2008 15 Feb-27 May, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The vase was deposited on loan in the museum in 1810, but was only bought by the museum in 1945. Said to be from Rome.
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number