The J. Paul Getty Museum

Inlay in the Form of an Eye

Object Details

Title:

Inlay in the Form of an Eye

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Egyptian

Place:

Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

1540–1070 B.C.

Medium:

Glass and gypsum

Object Number:

2003.154

Dimensions:

1.4 × 4.6 × 1 cm (9/16 × 1 13/16 × 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Cast inlay in the form of an eye. The eye is outlined in blue glass and has an opaque white scelera, and the pupil is black. The eye was meant to be inserted into a statue. The condition is good with some signs of wear such as small nicks and scratches and some minor signs of discoloration visible on the blue areas.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1974 - 1988

Erwin Oppenländer, 1901 - 1988 (Waiblingen, Germany), by inheritance to his son, Gert Oppenländer, 1988.

1988 - 2003

Gert Oppenländer (Waiblingen, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Color of Life (March 6 to June 23, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 6 to June 23, 2008
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010
Bibliography
Bibliography

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), pp. 30, no. 35; pp. 30. plate no. 35.