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Glass plaque with sphinx

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; cast in an open mold in two layers
H.: 1 5/8 x 1 15/16 in. (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent cobalt blue, backed with opaque light blue.
Rectangular flat plaque, with major axis horizontal; beveled edges, grozed at back; flat underside.
Decoration in relief: seated winged sphinx in profile facing right, wearing diadem on head, with long wing extending over back and curling up at tip and long curling tail. On back, undecorated layer of light blue.
Broken and repaired, complete except for chip in undreside; dulling, iridescence, and thin whitish weathering.
Made in the same mold as 81.10.156 and 17.194.563.

These three relief plaques, decorated with the figure of a crouching sphinx, were all made in the same mold. They probably formed part of the inlay decoration to a piece of furniture.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215–16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 20, 22, 24, fig. 30.

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