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Medallion with a Portrait of Gennadios

Date:
250–300
Geography:
Made in Alexandria, Egypt
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass, gold leaf, polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/8 x 1/4 in. (4.1 x 0.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Gold glass
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.258
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
This exquisitely vivid image of an educated youth of the powerful port city of Alexandria probably celebrates his success in a musical contest. The medallion, worked in gold on dark blue glass, was made to be mounted and worn as a pendant.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Gennadios most accomplished in the musical arts
[ Martin Fabiani (Paris)(sold 1926)]
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