Fish Flask

Object Details

Title:

Fish Flask

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Place created)

Date:

3rd century A.D.

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2003.439

Dimensions:

7.9 × 22 × 2.3 cm (3 1/8 × 8 11/16 × 7/8 in.)

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Free-blown flask of pale green glass in the shape of a fish. Deflated to achieve the flat fish body, neck bent to form the tail. Mouth pinched into two protruding sections for lips. Molten glass trailed around the tail four times; a gather attached at the head and successively lifted and reattached, the ares of lifting then pinched to form the spine. Side fins added by attaching two gathers, themselves pinched. The eyes and back fins are formed with blobs of glass added on the sides. Heavily discolored, taking on a brown hue due to weathering.

Provenance
by 1969 - 1988

Erwin Oppenländer, 1901 - 1988, by inheritance to his son, Gert Oppenländer, 1988.

1988 - 2003

Gert Oppenländer, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
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

"Recent Important Acquisitions Made by Public and Private Collections in the United States and Abroad." Journal of Glass Studies 11 (1969), p. 110, no. 6, ill.

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), p. 238, no. 697.

Whitehouse, David. Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass vol. 2 (Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2001), p. 200.