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The Splendor of Early Glass: 35 Masterpieces from the Belfer Collection

Special Exhibit
June 20, 2015-December 15, 2016

Location: Glass Pavilion, Bronfman Archaeology Wing

Curator: Natalya Katsnelson

Media: Glass Ware

Displayed to the public for the first time, very rare glass objects from the mid-second millennium BCE to the first century CE, mainly the Near East. The exquisite selection of core-formed, cast and tooled vessels, inlays and beads, extraordinary in their sizes, beauty and state of preservation, affords an intimate glimpse into the world of pre-blown glass.

Loan from Rene and Robert Belfer Collection, New York


Cosmetic bottles
Mediterranean region, 6th-5th century BCE, core-formed glass
Rénee and Robert Belfer Collection, New York

Head-pendants, Mediterranean region, 4th-3rd century BCE, rod-formed glass
Rénee and Robert Belfer Collection, New York

Composite inlays depicting the four sons of Horus, Egypt, 3rd–1st century BCE, mosaic glass
Rénee and Robert Belfer Collection, New York