University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: David Whitehouse

Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses

By: David Whitehouse

Gold-glasses—objects with gold foil ornament sandwiched between two fused layers of glass—were the first category of Roman glass to attract the attention of antiquarians and collectors in the 17th century. The antiquarians were interested primarily because most gold-glasses were discovered in cata­combs, the underground galleries where early Christian and Jewish communities buried their dead. Some […]