Statuette of an Ape (Main view (3/4 right front))


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The body of the crouching ape is conical in shape and made of green glass with white combed decoration. The head, legs, and tail are applied. The head is of green glass with red glass used for the ears, eyes, nostrils, and smiling mouth. Red and black glass is used for the tail, legs, and the drum that connects the ape to its circular base. The base is tall and of green glass. Weathering has caused some discoloration, especially around the body of the ape.


  • Title: Statuette of an Ape (Main view (3/4 right front))
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 8th–11th century
  • Location Created: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Physical Dimensions: 8.6 × 5.4 cm (3 3/8 × 2 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Fauna
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.462
  • Culture: Byzantine
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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