8 June 2004
A COLLECTION OF BYZANTINE STUCCO AND GLASS APOTROPAIC MIRRORS
Circa 5th-6th Century A.D.
Each with a glass disk in the center, including three large disks with pigmented decoration, one with a bust of a bejeweled goddess wearing a polos, with two cornucopias in the field; one with a horseman, with four perforations; one with a faceless figure at the center holding two schematic objects; together with a handled mirror; a nine-pointed star; and five small disks, some decorated with pigment
Largest: 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm) diameter (10)
German Private Collection, circa 1993.
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For the type see Barag in Bianchi, ed., Reflections on Ancient Glass from the Borowski Collection, nos. LA-47a-d, pp. 308, 325-326.
See illustration for one.
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