On display for the first time, the golden glass with the personification of the city of Rome found during the excavations for the construction of the Metro C station at Porta Metronia.
During the works still in progress for the construction of the Porta Metronia Metro C station, a fragment of glass was found, originally the bottom of a glass or a cup bearing the image of the personification of the city of Rome depicted on a leaf gold and represented, according to widespread iconography, with a helmet and spear.
The excellent workmanship of the piece, datable to the 4th century, in the full imperial age, was immediately evident. It is also unique, as no other glass finds decorated with this iconography are currently attested.
The exhibition, created by the Capitoline Superintendency in collaboration with the Special Superintendence of Rome for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, therefore represents an extraordinary opportunity for the public of the Capitoline Museums to be able to admire a piece of great importance from a historical-artistic point of view, as well as having an evident symbolic value for the city of Rome.
Precisely in consideration of the high representative value that the representation has, the image was used as an model of the commemorative medal traditionally minted on the occasion of the Birth of Rome.
28 June to 12 November 2023
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
Last admission one hour before closing
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