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Glass cameo cup fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
end of 1st century B.C–beginning of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/4 x 1 7/16 in. (3.2 x 3.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.373
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue with overlays in opaque white and translucent dark blue.
Vertical rim with everted lip and beveled inner edge; cylindrical body with slightly convex curving side.
On interior, horizontal groove below rim; on exterior, in relief female figure in white, probably standing, facing left and holding up in front of her in both hands a large oval object, perhaps a drum or tambourine; her head is in profile with her hair in blue overlay arranged in a fringe and thick hanging tresses at back; on the left are the tips of two leafy sprays or branches.
Rim fragment with chip at left, broken at sides and bottom; dulling, slight pitting, whitish weathering on exterior, and faint iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on interior.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 575, p. 83, pl. 60.2.

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