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Lion-mask Stem

Lion-mask Stem

The lion-mask stem is a hollow stem made by blowing a gather into a mold patterned with two lion’s masks, usually separated by festoons. Such stems were first used in Venice in the 16th century, and they later became a hallmark of façon de Venise glass. In this video, a lion-mask stem is blown in a mold.


Full-sized mold blowing is relatively rare in Renaissance Venetian glass.  A bubble of glass is lowered into a terra-cotta mold, blown hard, and the mold is opened, thus creating both the final size and the final decoration.

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Lion-mask Stem
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Overall H: 16.8 cm; Rim Diam: 7 cm; Foot Diam: 8 cm
about 1600-1650
Place Made:
Venice, Italy
Gift of The Ruth Bryan Strauss Memorial Foundation

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