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Greywacke plate

1st–2nd century A.D.
Diameter: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) Width: 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm) Height: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Ariel Herrmann, 2014
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Greywacke, a type of dark sandstone, was used in Egypt from Predynastic times onward. Only one ancient quarry is known, located in the Wadi Hammamat, that bears evidence of its exploitation in Roman times. Wealthy Romans were fond of vessels made of semiprecious and exotic stones, and some became avid collectors of costly examples. Such vessels were intended more for display than practical use. Rare in ancient times, few have survived; the well-preserved condition of this piece makes it even more precious.
Acquired by Münzen und Medaillen (Dr. Herbert Cahn) in Basel, Switzerland, from a European Private Collection prior to 1972; acquired by Ms. Ariel Herrmann from Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Switzerland, in 1972; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Ms. Ariel Herrmann in 2014.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2014–2016." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, : p. 13.

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