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Fragment of a Vessel in the Shape of a Fish with a Chain and Circular Ornament

3rd century A.D.

Mold-blown glass and gold, yellow with dark purple decoration

Fish - length × width: 5.5 × 13.7 cm (2 3/16 × 5 3/8 in.)
Tail: 4.45 × 4.45 cm (1 3/4 × 1 3/4 in.)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
1955.6.178
Culture: 
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Syrian(?)
Period: 
Roman
Classification: 
Containers - Glass
Provenance: 

Galerie Bachstitz, the Hague; P. Jackson Higgs, New York, 1923. (4-26-1923 receipt)

Bibliography: 

Susan B. Matheson, Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1980), 87, 90, no. 239, ill.

Richard A. Grossmann, Ancient Glass: A Guide to the Yale Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002), 35, fig. 36.

Axel von Saldern, Antikes Glas (Munich: Verlag C. H. Beck, 2004), 522, note 33.

Gustavus A. Eisen, Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, 2 vols. (New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1927), vol. 2, p. 531, pl. 130.

Christie’s London, London, Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, sale cat. (July 6, 2016), 64, ill.

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