David Whitehouse highlights an interesting conundrum for the connoisseur of gold-glass. On what looks like a blue plate, a golden Daniel is depicted as holding a cake to which he is presumably offering—with less than honorable intentions—to the apocryphal worm of Bel and the Dragon. What makes this particularly intriguing is that same book’s ridicule of idols. Daniel worships the living God and “may not worship idols made with hands.” This raises an interesting question prompted by Whitehouse’s summary of gold-glass: what is one to do with an image depicting a narrative that prohibits the use of images?
 David Whitehouse, “Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses,” Expedition 38.2 (1996): 9.  Bel and the Dragon, vv. 5 and 7.  Ibid.  Perhaps conflating “idol” with “image” here, the stress on Daniel’s “may not” seems to hint at an aniconism that extends to both idols and images. Or maybe I got it all wrong and I’m only posting this because I like the way the first sentence sounds when read aloud.