Glass gold-band mosaic lid fragment
- Early Imperial
- 1st half of 1st century A.D.
- Glass; cast and cut
- Overall: 1 1/8 x 1 15/16 in. (2.9 x 4.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
- Accession Number:
Translucent cobalt blue, purple, turquoise blue streaked with yellow, appearing green, opaque white, and colorless encasing gold leaf.
Flat lid with rounded edge to vertical cylindrical sides; plain tapering rim.
Marbled mosaic pattern formed from serpentine lengths of canes in different colors with streaks of white, some overlapping to give different shades and colors. On exterior, concentric groove.
Broken with weathered edges, about one third of lid surviving; dulling, iridescence, and patches of thin creamy weathering.
This fragment probably belongs to a small lidded pyxis.