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Cameo fragment with a satyr

Roman Period, Augustus
reign of Augustus
27 B.C.–A.D. 14
From Egypt or Italy
glass, white on blue
1 1/4 x 2 13/16 in. (3.2 x 7.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 137
Cameo glass is created by delicately cutting back a layer of white glass to an underlying layer of blue glass. As far as is known, this type of cameo glass was produced for a rather brief period in Rome itself. The Satyr shows extremely delicate relief cutting.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) in Cairo. Carnarvon Collection. Collection acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon 1926.

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