Monday, September 19, 2011

Glassmaking In Antiquity

Molten Color : Glassmaking in Antiquity is a beautiful yet inexpensive recent paperback from the Getty Museum. It documents an ongoing exhibition at the Getty Villa, featuring numerous miraculous survivors from Roman days -- survivors now lured to Malibu on the coast of California in the Western Hemisphere by means of those famously seductive Getty dollars.

Two-handled wine cup
Roman, first century A.D.

Serving bowl with handle
Roman, third-fourth century A.D.

Sprinkler flask with pinched vertical ribs
Roman, third-fourth century A.D.

Flask with interior threads
Roman, fourth century A.D.

Cinerary urn
Roman, first-second century A.D.

Cameo two-handled wine cup
Roman, 25 B.C.-A.D. 25

Gold band container
Late Hellenistic or Roman, 25 B.C.-A.D. 25