Cameo glass disk with Medusa head

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 1 in. (2.2 x 2.5 cm)
Classifications:
Gems, Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 172
Translucent deep purple with opaque white overlay.
Circular disk, with beveled edge; flat back.
On front, in deep relief in white, head of Medusa in three-quarter view to right, with wings and serpents in her hair.
Broken and chipped at top and bottom; dulling and faint iridescent weathering.
Collection of Julien Gréau, France; from before 1903 and until 1917, collection of John Pierpont Morgan, New York; acquired in 1917, gift of J. P. Morgan.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 542, p. 78, pl. 56.11, Paris.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 328, p. 161, pl. 72, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 629, p. 126, pl. 70, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 629, p. 126, pl. 70, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2018. "Dangerous Beauty : Medusa in Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 75(3): p. 22, fig. 31.