Weaker Vessel

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Talking with a female friend, the concept of "woman as the weaker vessel" entered the conversation. Later, I visited this collection and was struck by the way late 19th and early 20th century glassware and decorative arts echoed the popular woman's fashion silhouette. I was fascinated by the correlations between Victorian ideas about women and these objects: both were molded, decorated, and essentially manufactured into objects, pleasing to the eye, delicate and treasured. They were also vapid, vessels waiting to be filled, easily shattered and in need of careful handling.