Diameter: 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.); Overall: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)
Gift of Henry H. Hawley 1995.92
The Lions Vase was inspired by ancient Assyrian art and features a fierce composition of a preying lion with curls on its mane that are echoed by the surrounding swirls in the glass, linking subject and form.
The ethereal translucent quality of this vase, where the colors seem to fade into one another, is created through a process of casting in which patterns are created with a mixture of colored glass powders and a binder such as gum arabic then fired to become fused together.
Gabriel Argy-Rousseau was among the most notable artists of the early 1900s working in this style of studio glass production. He eventually developed a semi-industrial technique of using molds to produce multiple works from a single model, but the process still involved extensive manipulation by the artist to achieve an artistic result.
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