Medallion with a Portrait of Gennadios

Date: 250–300

Geography: Made in Alexandria, Egypt

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass, gold leaf, polychromy

Dimensions: Overall: 1 5/8 x 1/4 in. (4.1 x 0.6 cm)

Classification: Glass-Gold glass

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.258

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
This exquisitely vivid image of an educated youth of the powerful port city of Alexandria probably celebrates his success in a musical contest. The medallion, worked in gold on dark blue glass, was made to be mounted and worn as a pendant.

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Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Gennadios most accomplished in the musical arts
[ Martin Fabiani (French)(sold 1926)]
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