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Glass and gold inlay

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass and gold
Dimensions:
Other: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.391
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue over opaque white.
Rectangular flat plaque with beveled edges.
On upper surface, a lizard outlined in gold wire and probably originally inlaid with small pieces of mosaic and monochrome glass.
Complete except for chip at one corner, and almost all of inlay within body of lizard missing; many surface scratches and pitting of surface bubbles.
Said to be from Egypt

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 604, p. 88, pl. 66.2.

Smith, Ray Winfield. 1949. "The Significance of Roman Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 8(2): p. 49.

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