Fragment of an Inlay Depicting a Theater Mask

A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, mosaic glass technique.

Date:

late 1st century BC/early 1st century AD

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This half face of a woman or theatrical mask was made from a bundle of dozens of colorful glass rods that were fused together. The resulting bar or cane of glass was then heated and stretched out, thereby miniaturizing the pattern. Slices of the cane were placed in symmetrical pairs to form a complete face. Such inlays embellished furniture, boxes, and household shrines to the gods.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Fragment of an Inlay Depicting a Theater Mask

Origin

Egypt

Date

100 BC–100 AD

Medium

Glass, mosaic glass technique

Dimensions

3.6 × 1.4 × 0.4 cm (1 7/16 × 9/16 × 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.783

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