An Oasis in Glass

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This exhibition invites visitors to envision the ritual experience of a woman in her bath through the display of glassware and related bathing accessories from the Roman Empire. Most of the objects are attributed to the thriving center of glass production and trade that was located in what is now the Middle East. Although they were manufactured and circulated much more widely, many were likely unearthed primarily in Egypt, where tombs were key sources of intact glass items. Also on view is an Egyptian Fayum portrait of a woman whose Roman hairstyle and decoration suggest she is someone who likely would have used the varied types of items on display. Student curator: Stanford undergraduate and Cantor Scholar Evelina Yarmit.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Decorative Arts
  • Ancient
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Glass
  • Greek / Roman

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