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Glass cameo plaque fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. (0.7 x 6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.364
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent deep purple with opaque white overlay.
Flat underside; slightly undulating surface with relief decoration; small section of left edge with rounded upper lip.
In relief in white, head of figure turned to left, with long wavy hair concealing proper left ear, wearing tunic in broad bands over shoulders; behind proper left shoulder part of unidentified object; to left of figure, part of a long staff.
Broken on three sides with weathered edges; many internal strain cracks; dulling, slight pitting, patches of thick black weathering and brilliant iridescence.
The bust, previously described as that of a clean-shaven man, may represent a woman or goddess. If the object behind her left shoulder is a bow or quiver, the figure could even be identified as Artemis (Diana).
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 560, p. 81, pl. 58.3.

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