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Glass finger ring

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; drawn, tooled, and trailed
H.: 1/4 in. (0.7 cm) Diam.: 7/8 in. (2.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent honey yellow, with opaque white trails and opaque green blob.
Circular hoop and cross section made from a straight rod and bent into ring so that ends meet at bezel.
Top of bezel shaped into an oval projecting blob in green, encircled by white, imitating a gem; spirally twisted trails in hoop.
Intact; some pinprick bubbles; dulling, slight pitting and weathering.

Many rings of this type have been found at sites throughout the Roman Empire.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 996, p. 137, pl. 175.6, Paris.

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