The Portland Vase, a 2,000-year-old cameo glass vase, inspired the popular imagination upon its arrival in England in the 18th century. Its complicated manufacture coupled with the British obsession with ancient Greek and Roman culture inspired Josiah Wedgwood to create a ceramic replica. Explore more material relating to the legendary Portland Vase in “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library,” on view through February 17.
Reproduction of the Portland Vase, Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, England, about 1790. 92.7.2. Purchased with donated funds from the Clara S. Peck Endowment.