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fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Alexandria (made)

  • Date:

    4th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cut and incised gold-leaf applied to upper surface of clear glass before fusing to lower surface of clear glass.

  • Museum number:

    C.13D-1946

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 86, shelf 5

Physical description

A fragment of the same bowl as parts B and C. It depicts a placard inscribed 'PAV[LO]S' and an arm pointing to it

Place of Origin

Alexandria (made)

Date

4th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cut and incised gold-leaf applied to upper surface of clear glass before fusing to lower surface of clear glass.

Marks and inscriptions

PAV[LO]S
Paul
Latin

Dimensions

Length: 1.25 in

Object history note

Given to the Museum by Professor Percy E. Newberry, Winkworth Hill, Hascombe near Godalming, Surrey.

Historical context note

Surviving examples of Roman gold-glass, of which these are fragmentary pieces, tend largely to have formed the bases of bowls and cups. They were broken out of the vessel and set into the plaster that closed the loculi (burial niches) in the catacombs. Hence many contain Christian imagery and mottoes of good luck for a happy after-life.

Descriptive line

Fragment of gold glass, Egypto-Roman (Alexandria), 300-399 AD

Materials

Glass; Gold leaf

Techniques

Gold-glass

Categories

Archaeology; Glass; Death

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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