Permanent Collection

Roman Bird, Jamie Sherman, glass

Roman Bird

Jamie Sherman
Hand blown glass

Jamie Sherman is known for his modern art glass but he is also intrigued by old blown glass forms and processes. He has developed authenticated and sign reproductions for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and his glass is widely collected. This glass bird is a replica of an ancient Roman glass cosmetic container made originally in the first century AD. The vessel was hand blown, filled with a substance, then heat sealed at the tail. The tip was later broken off when the cosmetic was to be used. Although these glass birds were usually blown in a transparent colour, time and normal environmental exposure changed their appearance dramatically producing a wide variety of decay effects. This deterioration is visually approximated in this reproduction with metallic lusters including gold and silver.