Pair of eyes


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

This multicolored pair of eyes suggests the lifelike impression that inlays lent to ancient sculpture. The eyelashes are cut from two sheets of bronze that form a casing for the rest of the eye. The whites are made from frit, which is a kind of glass paste, while the cornea and iris are colored quartz framed with marble. Although damaged, the pupils were once perfectly circular disks of black obsidian, a volcanic glass.

Pair of eyes, Bronze, marble, frit, quartz, obsidian, Greek

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