Obsidian revetment slab fragment


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

Obsidian, a natural volcanic glass, was used by the Romans for sculpture, vessels, and—as here—decorative panels. The ivy and vine tendrils originally may have been filled with inlays in contrasting colors, as in the case of the obsidian cup with Egyptianizing ritual scenes found at Stabiae and now in the Archaeological Museum, Naples.

Obsidian revetment slab fragment, Obsidian, Roman

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