Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cameo fragment with a satyr

Period:
Roman Period, Augustus
Reign:
reign of Augustus
Date:
27 B.C.–A.D. 14
Geography:
From Egypt or Italy
Medium:
glass, white on blue
Dimensions:
1 1/4 x 2 13/16 in. (3.2 x 7.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1269
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 137
Cameo glass is created by delicately cutting back a layer of white glass to an underlying layer of blue glass. As far as is known, this type of cameo glass was produced for a rather brief period in Rome itself. The Satyr shows extremely delicate relief cutting.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) in Cairo. Carnarvon Collection. Collection acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon 1926.

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