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Bowl Base with Christ Giving Martyrs’ Crowns to Saints Peter and Paul

ca. 350
Made in probably Rome
Roman or Byzantine
Glass, gold leaf
Overall: 5 7/16 x 4 15/16 x 1 15/16 in. (13.8 x 12.5 x 5 cm) glass roundel only: 3 3/4 x 1/8 in. (9.5 x 0.3 cm)
Glass-Gold glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
This fragment is embedded in the mortar in which it was found.
Inscription: ELARES EN CRISTO DENGNETAS AMICOROM (hilares in Cristo, dignitas amicorum - joyful in Christ, worthly among thy friends); beside figures: PETRUS PAVLUS
[ Alfredo Barsanti, Rome (sold 1911)]
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Richter, Gisela M. A. "Accessions to the Collection of Ancient Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 6, no. 12 (December 1911). pp. 234-236, fig. 2.

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