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Cameo with Saint Nicholas

Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Made in Venice ?
Culture:
Byzantine or Italian
Medium:
Moulded glass paste
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 x 13/16 x 5/16 in. (2.6 x 2 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.145.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This glass paste imitation cameo is of Saint Nicholas of Myra, who wears clerical dress identifying him as a bishop.

Expensive cameo and semiprecious hard stone carvings for personal devotion were so highly prized that imitations in glass paste were produced for the general populace in Byzantium and abroad.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Saint Nicholas
[ Alfredo Barsanti, Rome (1918, through John Marshall)]
Swarzenski, Hanns, and Nancy Netzer. Enamels & Glass: Catalogue of Medieval Objects. Catalogue of Medieval Objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1986. p. 136.

Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 336, p. 499.



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