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Glass plaque fragment depicting a trophy and captives

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; cast in an open mold in two layers
H.: 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
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.

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