Portrait of Gennadios
Glass, gold.
Ca. 250—300 CE.
New York, the Metropolitan Museum of ArtInv. No. 26.258.Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait of Gennadios.

Glass, gold.
Ca. 250—300 CE.
Inv. No. 26.258.

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Description:
A Roman-period portrait rendered in gold leaf on glass, perhaps made in Alexandria (Egypt) in the second half of the third century CE (ca. 250-300). The name of the young man is inscribed on the left side: “Gennadios.” The rest of the inscription (in Greek) says “most accomplished in the musical arts.” Gennadios may have won a musical contest. The disk was meant to be worn as a pendant.
Credits:
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: γυαλί glass vetro glas verre glass gold male portrait of gennadios man inv no 26 258 inv no 26.258
History of Ancient Rome