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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 3/16 x 1 5/8 in. (3.1 x 4.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Opaque light blue, backed with opaque light blue streaked with opaque white.
Rectangular slightly concave 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 with irregular vertical white stripes.
Intact; some pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, and thick creamy brown weathering.
Made in the same mold as 81.10.155 and 17.194.563.
Said to be from Rome (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. XI, 75).

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 104, 138, pl. XI, 75, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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