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Glass cameo fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
H.: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.371
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay.
Body fragment of fairly straight-sided large cup or beaker.
In relief in white, lower part of two draped standing figures with bare feet, facing right; both with proper left leg slightly bent; intricate folds of clothing are carefully carved; below, a raised, slightly uneven, broad ground line; beneath, a second register of decoration, of which only the tips of two leafy sprays or branches are visible.
Broken on all sides with weathered and iridescent edges; dulling, slight pitting, brilliant iridescence, and creamy brown weathering.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 561, p. 81, pl. 58.4.

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