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Glass bracelet with impressed decoration

Late Imperial
late 4th–5th century A.D.
Glass; drawn, tooled, and stamped
Overall: 1/4 x 2 3/4in. (0.6 x 7cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent turquoise blue.
Circular band with rounded edges and slightly uneven sides; convex in section with flat inner side; no visible seam.
Outer surface decorated with a series of thirteen stamped circles, each depicting a lion facing right with open mouth, large mane, and tail raised above his back.
Intact, except for one weathered chip on inner edge; many pinprick and elongated bubbles; dulling, some deep pitting, faint iridescence, and patches of creamy white weathering.

Around the outside of the bracelet is a pattern of stamped medallions containing lions.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5769, p. 513, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 153.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2013. "Metropolitan Müzesi, Cesnola Koleksiyonu’nda Yeralan Kıbrıs Cam Eserleri." Anadolu Antik Cam Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Kaunos/Kbid Toplantıları, 2, C. Gençler Güray, ed. p. 86, Ankara: Bilgin Press.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. no. 491, pp. 18, 319, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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