Cameo fragment from a kantharos (drinking cup) with an Egyptianizing scene
Roman Period, Augustus
27 B.C.–A.D. 14
glass, white on blue
Height: 2 1/16 x 2 3/16 in. (5.2 x 5.5 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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 Egyptianizing scene shows extremely delicate relief cutting.
Formerly Gréau Collection. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan before 1903. Donated to the Museum, 1917.