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Two portions of a bowl; transparent glass; each composed of three fragments. Ornamented with twenty-one gilded medallions, protected at the back with green and blue glass; in the larger ones are figure subjects, and in the smaller ones are stars or eight-petalled flowers all arranged in concentric circles. Of the four outermost remaining medallions, one represents Jesus or Moses with the rod of power, a second Adam and Eve, a third the sacrifice of Isaac and the fourth Susannah(?). The eight remaining figured medallions illustrate three subjects: the stories of Jonah, Daniel and the Three Children of Babylon.
- Production date
Length: 6.50 inches
- Curator's comments
- Published: H. Tait (ed.), Masterpieces of Glass, London, 1968, no 88; Exh. cat., Glass of the Caesars, Milan, 1987, no 154.
- Bibliographic references
Dalton 1901 / Catalogue of Early Christian Antiquities and Objects from the Christian East in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities and Ethnography of the British Museum (629)
Marzinzik 2013 / Masterpieces: Early medieval art (7)
Howells 2015 / A Catalogue of the Late Antique Gold Glass in the British Museum (p.6, p.15-16, p.21, p.26, pl.12a-b, p.27, pl.14, p.27, p.28, fig.3-4, p.30, p.34, table.4, p.36, p.37, table.6, p.38, p.49-51, p.50, pl.33a-b, p.55, p.56, p.72, p.89-113, p.90-101, p.91, pl.57, p.92, fig.18, pl.59-60, p.93, pl.62-63, p.94, pl.66, p.95, pl.69, p.96, pl.71-72, p.97, pl.73, fig.19, p.98, pl.74, p.133, p.151, p.159, p.164) (Cat.16)
Spier et al. 2007 / Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art (13)
Tait 1991 / Five Thousand Years of Glass (121)
- On display (G41/dc8/sA)
- Exhibition history
2007 18 Nov-2008 30 Mar, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art
2005 13 Mar-4 Sep, Italy, Rimini, Castel Sismondo, Constantine the Great
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
1981 27 Feb-4 May, France, Paris, Musee de Luxembourg, A l'Aube de France, la Gaule de Constantin a Childeric
1980 12 Oct-15 Dec, Germany, Mainz, Gallien in der Spatantike
- The bowl had a rounded bottom and curved sides and was engraved around the top with two pairs of parallel lines, a section of which is preserved on one of the fragments.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased at the sale of the Disch Colln, Cologne 16.5.81. lot 1357.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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