Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.
Medium: Glass; cast, applied, and carved
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/2 x 20 3/4in. (24.1 x 52.7cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number: 81.10.347
Over a background of deep purple (representing Homer's "wine-dark sea"), patches of opaque white glass have been added and then carved to represent various sea creatures. The fragment is said to have been found on the island of Capri (in the Bay of Naples, Italy), near the imperial villa where the Emperor Tiberius lived in seclusion between A.D. 27 and 37.