The mother, a fashionably coiffed matron, is shown with her son. He wears a large gold pectoral, or neck ring. Medallions like this one, meant to be worn as jewelry, are closely associated with Alexandria.
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With 18th century (?) frame (17.190.109b)
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Title:Gold Glass Medallion with a Mother and Child
Date:early 4th century
Geography:Made in probably Alexandria, Egypt
Medium:Glass, gold leaf
Dimensions:Overall: 1 7/8 x 3/16 in. (4.8 x 0.5 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Said to have been found in Tivoli (Hadrian's villa), Italy; Francesco Ficoroni (Italian), Rome (by 1732); Dr. Conyers Middleton, England; Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill (sold 11 May, 1842, no. 70); Charles Wentworth Dilke, England (from 1842); Sir Charles W. Dilke, Bart. (by descent until at least 1889); [ Amedeo Canessa, Paris (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (from 1911–1917)
Burlington Fine Arts Club. "Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures," 1889.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Good Life: Collecting Late Antique Art at The Met," May 24, 2021–May 7, 2023.
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Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 230.
Morey, Charles Rufus. The Gold-Glass Collection of the Vatican Library, with Additional Catalogues of Other Gold-Glass Collections, edited by Guy Ferrari. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1959. pl. XXXVII, no. 452.
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Howells, Daniel Thomas. A Catalogue of the Late Antique Gold Glass in the British Museum, edited by Chris Entwistle, and Liz James. London: British Museum Press, 2015. pp. 42, 115–16, 147, pl. 23.
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