Maenad Plaque

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Object Name: 
Maenad Plaque
Accession Number: 
Overall W: 1.2 cm, D: 1.2 cm, Th: 0.4 cm
Not on Display
99 BCE-99 CE
Credit Line: 
Bequest of the Estate of George S. McKearin
Primary Description: 
Turbid yellow-green background with canes of opaque red, opaque white, opaque yellow, translucent medium blue and translucent amethyst, broken dull surface with pitting; mosaic glass or millefiori technique, polished. Slice of a large rectangular plaque, fragment preserves portion of a female head probably a maenad or grotesque mask with elaborate hairdo, waves picked out with thin amethyst bands in the red matrix, a braid preserved near eye, an elaborate red crown or filet with random yellow stars preserved in amethyst centers; the woman has a white face, an amethyst pupil is highlighted with liner, eyebrow and lash of medium blue.
McKearin, George S. (b. 1874), Source
Alexandrinische Mosaikglaseinlagen (2008) illustrated, p. 157; BIB# 103573
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 11, lower middle; BIB# 67749
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 238-239, #693; BIB# 29547