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Glass cameo fragment

Early Imperial
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast in two layers and cut
13/16 × 2 1/8 × 1/8 in. (2 × 5.4 × 0.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue and opaque light blue.
Flat plaque or inlay, decorated with an upper layer carved out in relief; smooth, flat back.
On cobalt blue ground, a fish in profile facing left, with fins, scales, gills, eye, mouth carved as shallow cuts in surface of the upper opaque light blue layer; above fish, bottom edge of a second relief, perhaps another fish.
Bottom straight edge, irregular breaks on sides and top; broken into two fragments and repaired; very few bubbles; dulling, limy weathering, and faint iridescence.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 569, p. 82, pl. 59.3.

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