Silver-stained glass roundel
Diameter: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1985.148
The bright yellow tones in stained glass are made using a solution of silver oxide.
Hermes awakens the shepherd Paris to hand him the golden apple, which he is to present to the most beautiful of the three goddesses: Venus (foreground), Juno, or Minerva. The panel was produced by means of a compound of silver oxide, which, when applied to the glass and then fired in a kiln, turned into a translucent yellow stain. The culminating effects of different pigments and shadings required subsequent firings.
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