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


Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay; handle in translucent cobalt blue.
Slightly everted rim tapering to rounded vertical lip; convex curving side; part of right side of handle attachment overlaid on white with small pointed projection.
On exterior, in deep relief two satyrs, naked from hips and waist, the one to right with his right arm around shoulder of the other, who is leaning back and playing the double flute, held aloft by both his hands; to either side of satyrs branches of pine trees.
Broken with weathered edges; pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, and creamy weathering with iridescence.