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Glass plaque with foliage

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast in an open mold in two layers
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 3/8 x 1 15/16 in. (8 x 1 x 4.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.368
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue, backed with opaque white.
Rectangular flat plaque, with major axis vertical; beveled edges, grozed at back.
Decoration in relief: large acanthus spray at bottom, from which emerge two vertical but sinuous leaf scrolls with four principal flowers arranged in pairs of one facing and the other in profile. On back, thin undecorated layer of white.
Intact; dulling, pitting, iridescence, and patches of creamy brown weathering.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 524, p. 77, pl. 55.4.

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