Cameo Glass Skyphos

Object Details

Title:

Cameo Glass Skyphos

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place(s):

Roman Empire (Place created)

Date:

25 B.C. - A.D. 25

Medium:

Glass

Dimensions:

10.5 x 17.6 x 10.6 cm (4 1/8 x 6 15/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

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Sensual, Bacchic imagery decorates this cameo glass skyphos or cup. On one side a woman, perhaps Bacchus' wife Ariadne, partially reclines on a seat, attended by a servant and watched by a satyr holding pan-pipes. The other side shows a similar scene with a satyr playing a lyre between a seated woman and a woman drinking wine. Beneath each handle is a mask of a Papposilenos, an elderly satyr.

Cameo glass was very rare due to the time and labor involved in its creation. Colored glass, in this instance blue, was covered, or cased, with opaque white glass. The white layer was partially cut away to reveal the colored background, and the white areas were then carved in relief. The technique was practiced almost exclusively in the early Roman Empire. The foot of the skyphos is a modern restoration.

Provenance
by 1982 - 1984

Mehdi Mahboubian, Iranian, 1921 - 2005 (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Glass of the Caesars (April 23, 1987 to September 11, 1988)
  • The Corning Museum of Glass, (Corning), April 23 to October 18, 1987
  • Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (Mainz), March 11 to September 11, 1988
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
Rome on the Grand Tour (January 8 to August 11, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 8 to August 11, 2002
Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome (October 18, 2007 to May 27, 2008) (29)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), October 18, 2007 to January 14, 2008
  • The Corning Museum of Glass, (Corning), February 15 to May 27, 2008
The Mediterranean Melting Pot: Commerce and Cultural Exchange in Antiquity (September 9, 2011 to December 18, 2011) (29)
  • Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia, September 9 to December 18, 2011
Bibliography

Goldstein, Sidney M., et al. Cameo Glass. Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking. Exh. cat., Corning Museum of Glass, May 1-October 31, 1982. Corning, NY: 1982. pp. 13-14, no. 4; p. 28, fig.16; pp. 103-4, cat. no. 16.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), pp. 173-74, no. 38.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 63.

Harden, Donald B. "Cameo Glasses," Glass of the Caesars. Exh. cat., Corning Museum of Glass, April 25-October 18, 1987, et alia loca. Milan: 1987. pp. 53-57. pp. 54, 68-69; cat. no. 31.

Fernandez, I.G. "J. Paul Getty Museum," Revista de Arqueologia 115, Nv (1990), pp. 48-56. p. 56, ill.

Painter, Kenneth, and David Whitehouse. "The Portland Vase," Journal of Glass Studies 32 (1990). pp. 143-45, cat. no. A4, ill. figs. 100-1.

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Whitehouse, David. "Cameo Glass," Roman Glass: Two Centuries of Art and Invention. M. Newby and K. Painter, eds. London: 1991. pp. 19-32. pp. 25, 27, and 31, no. 16; pl. VIII a.

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Lierke, Rosemarie. Die nicht-geblasenen antiken Glasgefäße-ihre Herstellung von den Anfänge bis zu den Luxusgläsern der Römer (Offenbach/Main: Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft, 2009) p. 36, ill.

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