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Glass Dish with an Engraving of the Raising of Lazarus

Date:
4th–5th century
Culture:
Late Roman
Medium:
Green Glass, engraved
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 7/16 x 1 1/2 in. (24 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.492
  • Description

    Glass vessels engraved with narrative scenes were a specialty of the Rhine River region. They were used as drinking vessels and often buried with their owner. This bowl depicts Christ’s raising of Lazarus from the dead, as is evident from the burial wrappings on the figure and the tomb door, which Christ cast aside. It was found in a Christian sarcophagus in Sicily along with several coins, testimony to the export of these vessels as far away as the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Provenance

    Found in Sambuca-Zabut, Sicily.; [ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1911 - 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913 - 1917)

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