Cameo glass

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Roman plaque fragment
MFA# 13.212


A decorative two-layered Glass in which one layer is carved or etched to produced a decorative pattern. Cameo glass was made by ancient Romans and Egyptians using hand tools. It was made in China in the 18th century (Peking cameo glass) and became popular in Bohemia, France and England in the mid to late 19th century. Cameo glass was often made with an opaque white layer on colored glass. It was used for vases, boxes, and jewelry.

Greek glass cameo
MFA# 01.7601

Synonyms and Related Terms

case glass; cased glass; Peking cameo glass; vidro camafeu (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Glass Encyclopedia at

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