Translucent deep purple, appearing black with opaque white overlay. Thick, flat panel. Decoration in deep relief, comprising a floral scroll with tendrils and leaves. Broken on all sides with weathered edges; one large weathered bubble on surface; pitting, dulling, thick creamy weathering, and iridescence.
This is part of a large revetment panel decorated with acanthus scrolls, similar to another fragment (18.145.38a) on display in the Augustan Gallery (Gallery 166). Indeed, it may well belong to the same panel.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Department: Miscellaneous Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(5): p. 127.