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Bowl Base with a Marriage Scene

4th–5th century
Roman or Byzantine
Glass, gold leaf
Overall: 3 5/16 x 3/16 in. (8.4 x 0.5 cm)
Glass-Gold glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The couple stands in the traditional Roman marriage pose. The
crown and the inscription indicate that they may be Christians.
Museo Kircheriano, Rome; [ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome (through John Marshall (sold 1915))]
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