The J. Paul Getty Museum

Distaff

Object Details

Title:

Distaff

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Eastern Mediterranean (Place Created)

Date:

1st–2nd century A.D.

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2003.403

Dimensions:

18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

A rod of twisted dark-green glass with a flat disk at one end and shaped into an oval loop at the other. There is a break where the loop attaches to the rod. This glass rod is similar in size and shape to glass distaffs, used to spin wool; the terminating loop made the tool easier to hold.

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
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (November 9, 2005 to July 24, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to August 6, 2006
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (January 11 to April 23, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), January 11 to April 23, 2007
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), p. 214, no. 619.