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Glass cameo fragmentary panel

Early Imperial, Augustan or early Julio-Claudian
ca. A.D. 1–25
Glass, cameo; cast in two layers and carved
Overall: 5 1/16 x 11 7/8in. (12.9 x 30.2cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent deep purple, appearing black with opaque white overlay.
Thick, flat panel with part of one tapering edge, grozed and chipped on underside.
Broad band in white forming frame along edge; decoration in deep relief, comprising a floral scroll with a large acanthus frond flanked by two scrolls, one filled with a rosette; above the acanthus fond is perched an eagle with curved beak and folded wings.
In four conjoining fragments; one large gritty inclusion on underside; pitting, dulling, thick creamy weathering, and iridescence.

The fragments come from a large revetment panel decorated with an elaborate acanthus frieze once inhabited by various animals and birds; only an eagle now survives. The size of the panel suggests that it formed part of the architectural decoration of a building. It was probably made in Rome and echoes the floral ornaments that decorated public monuments set up there in the Augustan age. It is so similar to another smaller fragment (18.145.38b) on display in the Study Collection (Gallery 171) that the two pieces may belong together.
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