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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 7/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.8 x 4.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.91.5b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay; handle in translucent cobalt blue.

Plain rim with flat upper surface; convex curving side; vertical handle attached to rim and side, extending along rim with a circular projection to either side.

On exterior, below handle frontal head of Silenos, with hair in tufts above forehead and to sides, prominent eyebrows, broad flat nose, and shaggy moustache and beard; to left of handle, vertical branches of foliage.

Broken with weathered edges; pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, and patches of creamy iridescent weathering.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "Accessions to the Collection of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(12): p. 235, fig. 1b.

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