Cameo glass medallion of the emperor Augustus


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

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.

Cameo glass medallion of the emperor Augustus, Glass, Roman

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