Glass cameo fragmentary panel

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan or early Julio-Claudian

Date: ca. A.D. 1–25

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass, cameo; cast in two layers and carved

Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/16 x 11 7/8in. (12.9 x 30.2cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.145.38a


The fragments come from a large revetment panel decorated with an elaborate acanthus frieze once inhabited by various animals and birds; only an eagle now survives. The size of the panel suggests that it formed part of the architectural decoration of a building. It was probably made in Rome and echoes the floral ornaments that decorated public monuments set up there in the Augustan age. It is so similar to another smaller fragment (18.145.38b) on display in the Study Collection (Gallery 171) that the two pieces may belong together.