Glass plaque fragment depicting a trophy and captives
1st century A.D.
Glass; cast in an open mold in two layers
H.: 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent pale blue green and opaque light blue. Rectangular, thick, flat plaque, with major axis vertical; straight upper edges in light blue, with projecting rough edge and grozed back in blue green. Decoration in high relief: part of trophy, comprising a draped figure with a sword slung diagonally across the waist; on proper left arm, outstretched horizontally, is suspended an large oval shield, from behind which protrudes to right a standard with a quadruped standing in profile to left; below to right, the upper half of a draped female figure stands facing three-quarters to left; on shield a central frontal bucranium within a double circle with raditating spokes and above and below two sets of two linked rings. Fragment with weathered broken edges; left edge and small part of top edge remaining; dulling, pitting, and whitish weathering on front, of upper surface; iridescence on back.
1879. Catalogue d'une collection de monuments antiques, vases peints, bronzes... etc. par J. de Witte. no. 285.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 472, pp. 70-1, pl. 52c.