Dating wedgwood jasper
The Portland Vase has been displayed in the British Museum since 1810.
Originally known as the Barberini Vase, it owes its current name to the family of the Dukes of Portland, who owned it from the late 18 and the interpretation of its decorations, has proved elusive and since its excavation this difficulty to grasp the historical reality of the vessel, its function and significance, may well account for the fascination it has exerted on scholars and the general public alike.
Its body is decorated with mythological figures and scenes cut in relief in white glass.
It is most likely that its original shape was that of an amphora but its foot was broken at an undetermined period.
Examining the first scene on the vase [Figure 3], Ashmole reads the figure on the left as Peleus, seen entering through a gateway, which may symbolize his entrance into the world of the gods, which is what Peleus did when he married Thetis.
This is further emphasized by his walking on tip-toe, which may mark his hesitation at entering this unknown world.
He has created a strong vertical division, consisting of a tree and a column, between the scenes, and has even bent one of the dividing elements, the tree, inwards in order to form a closer frame to the first picture.
If the two scenes were intended to be continuous, the faces under the handles form a further and gratuitous interruption.
This continuity is strengthened by the plant growing at the goddess’s feet and whose trunk is hidden behind the column in the first scene.century in the tomb of Emperor Alexander Severus near Rome and to have contained ashes but the circumstances of its discovery are unclear and in dispute.The vase is first mentioned in a letter the French scholar and astronomer century, the vase was allegedly sold to a Scottish art dealer, James Byres.The last figure on the right appears to be a goddess holding a sceptre, possibly Aphrodite.Ashmole states that, just as Peleus walking through the gate in the other scene was marking the beginning of this ceramic narrative, this static, vertical figure marks its end.