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Glass cameo cup (scyphus) fragment

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast in two layers or blown and cased, then carved
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.5 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.91.5c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay.
Body fragment of large cup with lower projecting part of integral handle.
On exterior, below handle frontal head of satyr, with hair in tufts above forehead and to sides with proper left pointed ear, prominent eyebrows, broad flat nose, and pursed lips; to right of handle, panpipes suspended from leafy foliage.
Broken with weathered edges; pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, and patches of creamy iridescent weathering.
Richter, Gisela M. A. December 1911. "Accessions to the Collection of Ancient Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 6(12): p. 235, fig. 1c.

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