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Glass cameo cup (scyphus) fragment

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast in two layers or blown and cased, then carved
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (4.1 x 6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.91.5a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay; handle in translucent cobalt blue.
Slightly everted rim tapering to rounded vertical lip; convex curving side; part of right side of handle attachment overlaid on white with small pointed projection.
On exterior, in deep relief two satyrs, naked from hips and waist, the one to right with his right arm around shoulder of the other, who is leaning back and playing the double flute, held aloft by both his hands; to either side of satyrs branches of pine trees.
Broken with weathered edges; pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, and creamy weathering with iridescence.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "Accessions to the Collection of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(12): p. 235, fig. 1a.

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