3 June 1999
A ROMAN POLYCHROME GLASS SNAKE
circa 1st century a.d.
Free-modeled of dark purple glass, the snake's naturallistic curving body flat on the bottom, rounded on the top, with marvered threads of opaque white, blue, yellow, black and amber
5.1/8 in. (13 cm) wide
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Sangiorgi, Collezione di Vetri Antichi, no. 338, pl. LX.
For a similar example in the New Orleans Museum of Art see fig. 174 in Grose, The Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass. For several fragmentary examples see nos. 678-680 in the same publication.
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