Glass cameo cup (scyphus) fragment

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan or Julio-Claudian

Date: late 1st century B.C.–mid-1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast in two layers or blown and cased, then carved

Dimensions: Overall: 1 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (4.1 x 6 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.91.5a


Cameo glass was extremely popular with the Roman aristocracy and included some of the finest examples of ancient glassware. Specialized skills were required to produce cast slabs or blown vessels of layered glass, and to these were added delicate carving of the layers to create artistic representations of the highest quality.