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Glass gold-band mosaic lid fragment

Early Imperial
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and cut
Overall: 1 1/8 x 1 15/16 in. (2.9 x 4.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue, purple, turquoise blue streaked with yellow, appearing green, opaque white, and colorless encasing gold leaf.
Flat lid with rounded edge to vertical cylindrical sides; plain tapering rim.
Marbled mosaic pattern formed from serpentine lengths of canes in different colors with streaks of white, some overlapping to give different shades and colors. On exterior, concentric groove.
Broken with weathered edges, about one third of lid surviving; dulling, iridescence, and patches of thin creamy weathering.

This fragment probably belongs to a small lidded pyxis.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 780, p. 111, pl. 110.15, Paris.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 11, p. 25.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: n. 37 [p. 40].

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