Anglo-Saxon bowl by Unknown Artist

This bowl of royal blue glass is a great rarity and in perfect condition.

Details

Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
9 x 12 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,750 ( Total: £18,500)
Acquired in:
1977
Vendor:
Robin Symes

It has been suggested that the Cuddesdon cemetery from which it comes is one of a group of princely graves of the late 6th and early 7th centuries, of which the famous Sutton Hoo ship burial is the most important. Dark blue glass seems to have been particularly prevalent at this period.

Provenance

Excavated near the Bishop's House, Cuddlestone, Oxfordshire, 1847; Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford; Ward-Boughton-Leigh; by descent to A.H.C. Ward-Boughton-Leigh, sold Christie's, 1977.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

Entry details

Permanent collections are free to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass
 

Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Share this article