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Cameo glass disk with Medusa head

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 1 in. (2.2 x 2.5 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.11
  • Description

    Translucent deep purple with opaque white overlay.
    Circular disk, with beveled edge; flat back.
    On front, in deep relief in white, head of Medusa in three-quarter view to right, with wings and serpents in her hair.
    Broken and chipped at top and bottom; dulling and faint iridescent weathering.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 328, p. 161, pl. 72.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, no. 629, p. 126, pl. 70.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, no. 629, p. 126, pl. 70.

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