Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass cameo: head of Augustus

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
Height: 1 1/8in. (2.9cm)
Classifications:
Gems, Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4297
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Translucent deep amber brown, colorless, and colorless with a bluish tinge.
Oval disk in two layers of varying thickness with flat back, ground edge, and gently sloping upper surface; slight undercutting around edge to head; fused to disk, a carved head in high relief.
Head of beardless man in three-quarter view to right, wearing a laurel wreath; hair in flowing locks over forehead and to front of proper right ear, eyebrows with parting between bridge of nose, large almond-shaped eyes with small, round pupils, pointed nose, small mouth with pursed lips, and prominent chin.
Head intact; disk with broken off chip at bottom right; pinprick bubbles in head; larger bubbles in disk; very little weathering but some dulling on disk.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. p. 425, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 330, p. 162, pl. 74, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 26, p. ii, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1949. "Glyptic Portraits of the late Republic and early Empire in the Metropolitan Museum." Hommages à Joseph Bidez et à Franz Cumont. p. 299, pl. XXII, 11, Brussels: Latomus, revue d'études latines.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 650, pp. 130-31, pl. 73, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Boschung, Dietrich. 1993. Die Bildnisse des Augustus. no. 213, p. 195, Berlin: Gebr. Mann.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 45, pp. 58-9, 206, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 650, pp. 130-31, pl. 73, color pl. 21, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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