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Glass bracelet

Late Imperial
ca. 4th–5th century A.D.
Glass; drawn and tooled
Overall: 15/16 x 2 11/16in. (2.4 x 6.8cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Uncertain color, appearing opaque black.
Thick, open band with rounded edges and tapering towards ends.
Outer surface decorated with two deep parallel grooves running horizontally along the length of the band, which is then divided into segments by ten vertical indents; ends are pinched in and pressed flat with regular parallel lines in relief on both surfaces and appearing like the fins or tail of a fish.
Intact; dulling and many patches of brownish enamel-like weathering.

Black bracelet with crisscross molded lines.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5771, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 154.

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