A catalogue of the Late Antique gold glass in the British Museum / Daniel Thomas Howells ; [with a contribution by Andrew Meek ; edited by Chris Entwistle and Liz James].
Contributor(s): Entwistle, Christopher [editor.] | James, Liz [editor.] | Meek, Andrew [contributor] | British Museum.Material type: BookSeries: Research publication (British Museum): 198Publisher: London : British Museum, Description: 183 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780861591985; 0861591984.Subject(s): British Museum -- Catalogs | Gold glass -- Catalogs | Glassware, Roman -- Catalogs | Christian antiquities -- Catalogs
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"This volume is based on Dan's thesis which was completed between 2007-10 as part of a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship at the University of Sussex with the British Museum (Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory)"--Page v.
"The British Museum holds one of the most extensive and important collections of early Christian and late antique gold glass in Europe and the United States. With the last publication of the British Museum's collection in 1901, this catalogue by Daniel Thomas Howells not only brings the collection up to date, but sets it within a wider historical context, questioning basic assumptions about the form, function and costs of gold glass in a fourth-century context. The book offers a reinterpretation of technical methods, workshop practices, location and distribution and is the first study to differentiate workshops on the basis of detailed iconographic analyses of individual pieces of gold glass both in the British Museum and the Vatican. Howells also provides fascinating new insights into early Christian iconography as well as other scenes of Jewish and pagan life in late antiquity which have been largely overlooked in previous studies of gold glass"--Page 4 of cover.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 174-182).
An overview of gold glass scholarship -- A history of the British Museum's collection of gold glass -- Material considerations: morphology (Daniel Howells) and compositional analysis (Andrew Meek) -- The manufacture of gold glass: past attempts and new experimental reproductions -- Some practical considerations: distribution and context, workshop identity and date, function and costs -- Catalogue of the gold glasses. Christ and his saints ; Biblical and Apocryphal scenes ; Secular portraits ; Miscellaneous scenes of Jewish, pagan and everyday life and inscriptions ; Modern reproductions and fakes -- Distribution of gold glass findspots and associated contexts -- Profile drawings -- A modern attempt at reproducing cut and incised technique sandwich-glass vessels.