Cameo glass medallion of the emperor Augustus
- Early Imperial, Augustan
- early 1st century A.D.
- Glass; cast in two layers
- H.: 1 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
- Accession Number:
Matt cobalt blue, deep blue, almost opaque and appearing black, and opaque white.
Oval with slightly beveled, ground edge, flat back.
Decoration in high relief: bust of male shown frontally, with broad forehead, prominent ears, and clean-shaven features; on head, laurel wreath and chlamys that covers top of head and falls on either side of neck behind ears; below throat, toga hanging in folds.
Complete, but damaged with loss of nose and proper right side of bust; dulling and pitting, with small patches of faint creamy weathering.
The Emperor Augustus is shown with his head veiled as was the custom when about to perform a sacrifice.