Glass portrait head of a woman


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168

The deep-blue opaque glass used for this female head evokes lapis lazuli, a rare and valuable stone mined only in Afghanistan and therefore highly prized in antiquity. Few examples of mold-pressed glass figures remain intact today. The work may represent the goddess Juno and was likely placed in a temple or private sanctuary.

Glass portrait head of a woman, Glass, Roman

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