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Cameo glass medallion of the emperor Augustus

Early Imperial, Augustan
early 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast in two layers
H.: 1 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
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.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. p. 104, pl. XI, 71, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Draper, James David. 2008. "Cameo Appearances." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 65(4): p. 15, fig. 21.

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