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The Portland Vase: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Mysterious Roman Treasure

 
 
Author
Robin Brooks.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780060511005
Pages/Publication Date 250/2005
Daedalus Item Code 11589
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Created before the birth of Christ for an emperor, exhumed from a burial ground, coveted, traded, smashed by a vandal, restored, nearly smashed again by German bombs, and still the stuff of incident and intrigue, the Portland Vase—unsurpassed among Roman antiquities—has captivated all who have known it. The vase is unparalleled in its craftsmanship, made of cobalt glass and delicately decorated with enigmatic white cameo figures at a time when glassblowing was still a new art. Even today, the exact techniques used to create it remain a mystery. Robin Brooks' book is a romp through history with this fragile, enigmatic vessel, visiting with such characters as the notorious tomb robber-cum-archaeologist Fabrizio Lazzaro, who discovered the vase in 1582; the Princess of Palestrina, who supported her gambling habit by auctioning it off; and Josiah Wedgwood, who devoted nearly a lifetime to trying to create a satisfactory reproduction.
 
 
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