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Cameo glass medallion of the emperor Augustus

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast in two layers
Dimensions:
H.: 1 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.143
  • Description

    Matt cobalt blue, deep blue, almost opaque and appearing black, and opaque white.
    Oval with slightly beveled, ground edge, flat back.
    Decoration in high relief: bust of male shown frontally, with broad forehead, prominent ears, and clean-shaven features; on head, laurel wreath and chlamys that covers top of head and falls on either side of neck behind ears; below throat, toga hanging in folds.
    Complete, but damaged with loss of nose and proper right side of bust; dulling and pitting, with small patches of faint creamy weathering.

    The Emperor Augustus is shown with his head veiled as was the custom when about to perform a sacrifice.

  • Provenance

    Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.

  • References

    Draper, James David. 2008. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 65(4): p. 15, fig. 21.

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