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Title: Ruba Rombic
Name: Pitcher / Jug
Date: 1928-1933
Medium: Glass, jungle green, pressed
Country/Culture: American
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of the Iowa Quester President's Project of Carol Tinkey (2015-2017), Iowa Quester President's Project of Ann Sturgeon Kreager (2013-2015), and Iowa Questers. In the Iowa Quester Glass Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2018.215
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Haley’s Ruba Rombic mold-blown glassware was inspired by Cubist paintings he saw at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. According to a 1928 advertisement, Haley derived its name from ruba’i, a Persian poetry genre, and the geometry term rhombic, meaning an irregular form having no right angles. The name implies that these glass objects merge refined art and scientific knowledge, an appropriate combination for expressionistic objects manufactured industrially. Department stores across America sold the factory-produced Ruba Rombic glassware line at an affordable price for middle-class consumers. Source: