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Ancient Glass from the Permanent Collection
ongoing from August 2007
Roman, Italy (?)
1st c. B.C.E.–1st c. C.E.
Multi-colored, fused canes of glass
This exhibition highlights the Museum’s finest ancient glass vessels, representing various techniques of manufacture including core-formed, free-blown and mold-made examples. A broad spectrum of time periods are also encompassed, ranging from Greek to Roman and from Byzantine to Islamic. The ancient glass collection is indebted to Gladys Davidson Weinberg, who was co-founder of the Museum, and held the titles of curator and honorary research fellow. Weinberg was a pioneer in the field of ancient glass and did much to advance the study of this fascinating aspect of ancient material culture. Moreover, she acquired many glass objects for the Museum’s antiquities collection, some of which are included in this exhibit.
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