Roundel Fragment with Shepherd and Flock

Object Name: 
Roundel Fragment with Shepherd and Flock

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Object Name: 
Roundel Fragment with Shepherd and Flock
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall Diam (max): 9.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
This fragment probably came from the center of a dish. The Latin inscription “DIGNITAS.AMICORVM.PIE.ZESAIS.VIVAS” means “(Be) the pride of your friends. Drink that you may live. May you live.”
Sangiorgi, Giorgio (Italian, 1886-1965), Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio (Italian), Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent pale green glass; gold leaf sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Roundel with low footring; two sheets of glass, edge of lower sheet folded to form base ring; decorated in gold leaf: rustic scene in two concentric circles which contain inscription; on right, shepherd, short-haired and beardless wearing girdled tunic and leggings, holding syrinx in both hands with crook leaning against right knee; to his right, tree, pollarded, with leafy branch; to his left, jar and three rams, in field, dots and five leaf sprays.
Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art
Kimbell Art Museum 2007-11-18 through 2008-03-30
Ambrose and Agustine: The Origins of Europe
Museo Diocesano 2003-11-01 through 2004-06-01
(exhibit title) Ambrogio e Agostino: Le sorgenti dell'Europe
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
Age of Spirituality
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1977 through 1977
Den tidlige kristne billedverden (2020) illustrated, p. 13;
Things that travelled : Mediterranean glass in the first millennium CE (2018) illustrated, p. 34 (fig. 2.6);
Prudentius' Hymns for Hours and Seasons: Liber Cathemerinon (2016) illustrated, cover; BIB# 146504
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 40-41; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 40-41; BIB# 135965
Fire and Ice: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum (2012) illustrated, p. 32, fig. 62;
The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time (2011) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 3;
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 164; BIB# 128671
Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art (Kimbell Art Museum) (2007) illustrated, p. 192-193, fig. 22; BIB# 103158
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 43; BIB# 99164
Studi di archeologia in memoria di Liliana Mercando (2005) illustrated, p. 171; BIB# 166832
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 469 (Taf. 367); BIB# 83444
Objects on the Road (2004) illustrated, p. 7; BIB# AI100844
387 d.c./ambrogio e agostino/le sorgenti dell'europa (2003) illustrated, p. 323, no. 276; p. 429; BIB# 78110
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) cover, jacket ill.; pp. 249-250, pl. 842; BIB# 58895
The Art of Living (2001) p. 628;
Aurea Roma. Dalla citta pagana alla citta Cristiana (2000) illustrated, p. 628, cat. no. 332; BIB# 67277
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, p. 11, fig. 13; BIB# AI1414
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 54-55, fig. 23; pp. 8-9; BIB# 32608
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #23; BIB# 34348
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 286, #161; BIB# 31831
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 97; BIB# 32417
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 12; BIB# 67749