The J. Paul Getty Museum

Quadripartite Kohl Tube

Object Details

Title:

Quadripartite Kohl Tube

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Place Created)

Date:

5th–6th century

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2003.432

Dimensions:

22.5 × 6 cm (8 7/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Free-blown kohl tube of translucent blue-green glass. Produced by blowing four separate tubes, each being separated from the blowpipe at its open end and the orifice dimensions enlarged with tongs. All four tubes were joined to one another with molten glass placed at the bottom and pressed in to form a base. After this, a very fine trail of glass was wound around the four tubes from the bottom to the top. Then a large trail of molten glass was double back over itself on the four corners of the piece, again from top to bottom. Arching elements were created attaching and stretching gathers of glass from one tube to another.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1968 - 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
Meisterwerke der Glaskunst aus internationalem Privatbesitz (November 22 to January 5, 1969)
  • Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, November 22, 1968 to January 5, 1969
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, ed. Meisterwerke der Glaskunst aus internationalem Privatbesit, exh. cat. (Düsseldorf: Städtische Kunsthalle, 1968), p. 18, no. 29.

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), p. 232, no. 681b.