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Glass plaque with sphinx

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast in an open mold in two layers
Dimensions:
H.: 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (3.2 x 4.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.563
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent cobalt blue, backed with translucent blue streaked with opaque white.
Rectangular slightly concave plaque, with major axis horizontal; beveled edges, grozed at back; slight uneven underside.
Decoration in relief: seated winged sphinx in profile facing right, wearing diadem on head, with long wing extending over back and curling up at tip and long curling tail. On back, undecorated layer of blue with irregular horizontal white stripes.
Intact; slight pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, iridescence, and whitish weathering.
Made in the same mold as 81.10.155 and 81.10.156.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 489, p. 73, pl. 54.6.

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