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Portland Vase: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Mysterious Roman Treasure
Robin Brooks (au)
Created for an emperor, exhumed from a burial ground near Rome in 1582, coveted, traded, smashed and restored, the Portland Vase -- the most famous of all Roman antiquities -- has captivated everyone who has come into contact with it. This book traces the history of this fragile, enigmatic vessel. Made before the birth of Christ, when glassblowing was a new art, the Portland Vase remains unparalleled in its craftsmanship. How, exactly, the vase was made remains a mystery. Today art historians still can’t agree on the identity of the figures depicted on it, or what story these figures are meant to tell. Furthermore, who made the Portland Vase? What was it made for? Today it sits quietly in view in a little glass case in the British Museum.
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