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Marble fragment of a pilaster

This pilaster is decorated on three sides with a low relief that represents burning incense pans balanced on slender supports flanked by birds. On the front side, one pair of birds stretch down to eat from shea... more

Necklace fragment

Early Imperial

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Opaque pale turquoise green.Flat, thin inlay, with one long straight edge.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles on upper side; dulling and faint weathering on underside and edges. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Wall painting fragment

Red socle, predella, and white central zone.

Fragment

Attributed to Egypt

Glass plaque fragment

Translucent pale blue and opaque mid blue.Square or rectangular, flat plaque; straight upper edge in mid blue, with projecting rough edge and grozed back in pale blue.Decoration in high relief: parts of two fig... more

Marble fragment of a cinerary urn

The fragment is part of the cinerary urn, 2002.297, and has been reattached to the side.This Roman cinerary urn is highly unusual in having the spoils of war as its principal theme. Despite the fragmentary natu... more

Fragment of painted ware

Levant, Petra Nabataean

Terracotta bowl fragment depicting a boar hunt

Rim fragment of Arretine bowl depicting a boar-hunt.

Glass gold-band mosaic lid fragment

Translucent cobalt blue, purple, turquoise blue streaked with yellow, appearing green, opaque white, and colorless encasing gold leaf.Flat lid with rounded edge to vertical cylindrical sides; plain tapering rim... more

Glass cameo fragment

Translucent cobalt blue and opaque light blue.Flat plaque or inlay, decorated with an upper layer carved out in relief; smooth, flat back.On cobalt blue ground, a fish in profile facing left, with fins, scales,... more

Mosaic glass inlay fragment

Translucent deep purple, appearing black, and opaque white.Fragment of thick, flat block.Pattern of concentric wavy lines in white on purple ground.Many bubbles; deep pitting, brilliant iridescence, and patches... more

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; two birds in flowering acanthus plant; flowers in vine.

Obsidian revetment slab fragment

Obsidian, a natural volcanic glass, was used by the Romans for sculpture, vessels, and—as here—decorative panels. The ivy and vine tendrils originally may have been filled with inlays in contrasting colors, as ... more

Glass mosaic handle fragment

Handle in translucent purple and opaque white; body in translucent pale purple.Thick, straight strap handle tooled into three rounded ribs, with slight projection at bottom below horizontal tooled indent, attac... more

Necklace fragment

Early Imperial

Stucco mural relief fragment

The dolphin holds a wreath in his mouth. Another marine creature may be sketchily depicted in the sea above. Early Imperial

Terracotta jug fragment

Fragment of an applied medallion from a vase; male figure with branch, beside a tripod.

Fragment of a child's head

The top, back part of a child's head with remains of a braid tied in a looped knot at the back. Imperial

Fragment of an inscribed marble block

Part of an decree regulating sacrifices and offerings at a temple site. The name of the reigning emperor is lost but can be restored as Tiberius (r. A.D. 14-37), Gaius Caligula (r. A.D. 37-41), or Claudius (r. ... more

Glass cameo plaque fragment

Translucent deep purple with opaque white overlay.Flat underside; slightly undulating surface with relief decoration; small section of left edge with rounded upper lip.In relief in white, head of figure turned ... more

Terracotta jug fragment

Lower part of nude male.

Glass monochrome dish fragment

Fragment of footed dish.Opaque red.Flat interior, slanting downward towards center; on exterior, thick solid angular foot ring, slanting outward.Polished interior and exterior of foot ring; pitting of surface b... more

Wall painting fragment

This fresco fragment preserves the head of a woman wearing an Egyptian headdress. The Romans had an enduring fascination with the ancient cults and arts of Egypt, as attested by depictions on wall paintings, mo... more

Marble relief fragment

The relief shows part of a scene of a venatio (a series of games in the theater or circus comprising fights between men and animals or between different types of animals). At the bottom is what remains of a Gre... more

Vase fragment

Bestiarius with shield and sword fighting a bull. Early Imperial

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Fragment of revetment plaque.Translucent deep purple, appearing black.Flat inlay, square or rectangular, with two straight beveled edges.Polished upper side and two edges; pitting of surface bubbles and one wea... more

Cameo glass fragment

Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay.Flat underside; top surface with shallow relief decoration.In relief in white, head and upper torso of a naked youthful satyr, facing left with head in profile ... more

Relief fragment

From Mesopotamia, probably from Ctesiphon or Seleucia Parthian

Vase fragment

Standing male, Nike (?) and Eros.

Fragment of a limestone throne (?) with the head of a horned lion

Throne supported by a horned lion-griffin. Roman

Glass monocrome dish fragment

Fragment of footed dish.Opaque red.Flat interior, slightly concave at center; on exterior, solid angular foot ring, slanting outward, around edge of bottom.Polished interior; pitting of surface bubbles and patc... more

Glass ribbed bowl fragment

Translucent purple; trail in opaque white.Thick uneven bottom, convex at center on interior.Thick trail applied to bottom and wound spirally around; tips of tooled ribs visible around edge of bottom.Broken on a... more

Fragment of painted ware

Levant, Petra Nabataean

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Opaque turquoise blue.Flat inlay.Polished upper side and one edge; pitting of surface bubbles and weathering of chips on upper side; iridescent weathering on underside and three edges. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; head and raised hand of a woman.

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Opaque jade green.Flat inlay, triangular, with rounded corners and chipped beveled edges.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles; pitting and iridescent weathering on underside and edges. Early Imperial... more

Fragment of painted ware

Levant, Petra Nabataean

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; Acephalic Hippocamp to right.

Wall painting fragment

On yellow ground; frontal winged figure in red with left hand grasping vine.

Glass monochrome dish fragment

Body fragment.Opaque red.Flat bottom with part of edge to side.Polished but pitted exterior, side and interior covered in thin green weathering; all but two edges weathered. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; blue rosettes with white highlights; yellow tendrils between rosettes.

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Opaque red.Flat inlay, with one rounded end; uneven underside; edges slightly beveled.Polished upper side and one straight edge; pitting and surface cracking on upper side; black and green weathering with sligh... more

Marble fragment of a relief with a flying Eros

A charming winged Eros carrying a parasol flies in the foreground on this small fragment from a decorative plaque. The space and the architectural setting behind him are suggested by varying adjustments of scal... more

Marble head of Apollo with fragment of his hand

Roman adaptation of a Greek work of the 4th century B.C., known as the Apollo LykeiosA celebrated bronze statue of Apollo, standing at rest with his hand on his head, stood throughout antiquity in the Lykeion, ... more

Bronze molding fragment

Decorated. Imperial

Glass bowl fragment with later inscription

The fragment has been shown by scientific analysis and examination to be ancient. It is probably part of a bowl or globular bottle that was decorated with linear engraving in antiquity. However, the inscription... more

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Translucent cobalt blue, opaque light blue, and translucent blue.Flat section, probably of an inlay, in three layers of glass.Some elongated bubbles; surface polished; dulling and creamy weathering on back; jag... more

Glass cameo plate fragment

Translucent deep cobalt blue and opaque white.Thick-walled fragment of large circular dish with gently curving side and part of bottom.On exterior, recessed molding of circular base ring; on interior, decoratio... more

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; head of a bird in white, green plant on green groundline.

Glass monochrome fragment

Translucent deep cobalt blue, layered with white or pale blue.Inlay fragment.Flat upper and underside; chipped edges, forming tear-drop shape.Polished upper side; dulling and creamy weathering on underside; iri... more

Terracotta vase fragment with figure of Hercules

Green glazed fragment; Herakles. Mid-Imperial

Glass cameo fragment

Translucent cobalt blue with opaque white overlay.Body fragment of fairly straight-sided large cup or beaker.In relief in white, lower part of two draped standing figures with bare feet, facing right; both with... more

Wall painting fragment

On yellow ground; figure of Genius in red facing left, making a libation. Early Imperial

Marble relief fragment with gladiators

Gladiatorial shows were essentially a Roman phenomenon, but their popularity quickly spread to the Greek cities of the eastern part of the Empire. This fragmentary relief with its Greek inscription is evidence ... more

Marble fragment of a volute krater

Large marble vases carved with figured reliefs are among the most spectacular objects produced in workshops that specialized in classicizing works for a sophisticated Roman clientele. This fragment includes one... more

Wall painting fragment

On yellow ground; plant stalk in sepia with tendrils; white calyx below.

Fresco fragment with siren

The style, technique, and subject of this fresco fragment corresponds directly to those of a more complete fresco from Boscotrecase (20.192.12) on view in the Augustan Gallery. Imperial

Marble fragment of a fountain with lion's head

Fountain fragment with lion's head. Imperial

Glass monochrome bowl fragment

Opaque jade green.Curving side, tapering downward.Two parallel (horizontal?) wheel-cut grooves, one broader than the other.Polished exterior and top edge, with weathering in grooves; pitting of surface bubbles;... more

Glass marbled mosaic inlay fragment

Fragment of revetment plaque.Opaque orange with streaks of opaque red.Flat inlay.Marbled mosaic pattern.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles on upper side; thick black and creamy weathering on unders... more

Plaster relief fragment with a male figure on a throne

Cast from a Greek metal relief of the 4th century B.C.The plaster reliefs displayed in this case were cast from Late Classical and Hellenistic metal reliefs. They probably date to the Early Imperial period, whe... more

Marble relief fragment with scenes from the Trojan War

The tabulae iliacae are a series of tablets covered with minuscule relief scenes from the Trojan War, which were evidently inspired by illustrated manuscripts of Homer's epic poem The Iliad. This piece is signe... more

Terracotta jug fragment

Applied medallion from a jug; Hermes riding on a ram.

Glass fragment

Translucent cobalt blue, with opaque white.Body fragment with convex curving side.Decoration of large irregular blobs on exterior.Two large parallel internal cracks running lengthwise across fragment; polished ... more

Glass mosaic fragment

Thin-walled body fragment.Translucent honey yellow and opaque white.Convex curving side.Marbled pattern of white threads and streaks.Polished exterior; pitting of surface bubbles on exterior; dulling, pitting, ... more

Glass monochrome dish fragment

Fragment of dish.Opaque red.Flat interior, slanting downward towards center; exterior side slightly curving upward outside solid foot ring, which slants outward.Polished interior; one area of green weathering o... more

Glass cameo fragment of a large platter or tabletop

Translucent deep purple with opaque white overlay.Everted, rounded rim, with slightly downturned outer lip; shallow convex side; flat bottom with slightly upturned and rounded outer edge.On interior, two raised... more

Mosaic glass inlay fragment

Opaque white and other, uncertain colors.Fragment of thick, flat block, with one straight edge.Irregular mosaic pattern covering all of surface.Pitting of surface bubbles, brilliant iridescence, and patches of ... more

Fragment of a marble relief with dancing maenads

Adaptation of a Greek relief of about 425–400 B.C. attributed to KallimachosIn myth and art the wine god, Dionysos, is accompanied by dancing women known as maenads. The most famous description of them comes fr... more

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Semi translucent turquoise blue.Fragment of thick, flat block, with parts of two original sides and beveled corner; rounded edge to underside along one side.Many large chips on edges of underside; polished uppe... more

Glass monochrome inlay fragment

Fragment of revetment plaque.Opaque red.Flat inlay, square or rectangular, with two straight edges.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles on upper side; gritty encrustation and thick green weathering o... more

Glass monochrome dish fragment

Opaque jade green.Vertical, rounded rim; convex side, bulging outward slightly, then curving in sharply, and finally turned downward.On exterior, below rim, molding comprising two horizontal grooves, the upper ... more

Plaster relief fragment with a male figure on a throne

Cast from a Greek metal relief of the 4th century B.C.The plaster reliefs displayed in this case were cast from Late Classical and Hellenistic metal reliefs. They probably date to the Early Imperial period, whe... more

Terracotta bowl fragment

Represented on the fragment is a galloping centaur with a human upper body and an equine lower body. Imperial

Wall painting fragment

On red ground with white palmette.

Fragment of a Lamp

Attributed to Syria

Marble sarcophagus fragment: Eros mounted on a horse

Part of lid of sarcophagus with Eros riding a horse. Mid Imperial, Severan

Glass monochrome dish fragment

Fragment of large dish.Opaque red.Flat interior; on exterior, solid foot ring flanked to either side by a single concentric relief line.Polished interior; pitting of surface bubbles on interior; encrustation an... more

Glass marbled mosaic inlay fragment

Fragment of revetment plaque.Opaque orange with streaks of opaque red.Flat inlay.Marbled mosaic pattern.Polished upper side and one long edge; pitting of surface bubbles on upper side; striations, dulling, and ... more

Glass inlay fragment

Translucent cobalt blue and opaque white.Fragment of thin, flat strip with beveled edges at sides.Straight, broad band of blue overlay on surface, flanked by white; white covering back.Elongated bubbles; polish... more

Glass mosaic inlay fragment

Fragment of revetment plaque.Opaque yellow, with black streaky spots.Flat inlay, rounded at one end and parallel long sides.Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles and weathering in one large bubble on ... more

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; diamond and square patterns in white and ochre.

Wall painting fragment

Floral decoration.

Marble relief fragment with the torso of a Hesperid holding apples

Copy of a Greek marble relief of about 420–410 B.C.This relief showed Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides receiving the golden apples that brought immortality. The original was one of four famous reliefs ... more

Wall painting fragment

Vine with grapes, and a flowing creeper.