Fragment of a Floral Inlay

A work made of glass, mosaic technique.
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  • A work made of glass, mosaic technique.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period, (1st century BC–1st century AD)

Artist:

Egyptian or Roman

About this artwork

Mosaic glass was made of bundles of colored glass rods that were arranged in a pattern then fused together with heat into a solid cane. The cane was reheated and stretched to make a smaller compact design. Many nearly identical pieces could be cut from a single cane and then formed into inlays. Pairs of glass inlays cut from the same rod could be joined to make symmetrical compositions.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Fragment of a Floral Inlay

Origin

Egypt

Date

100 BC–1 BC

Medium

Glass, mosaic technique

Dimensions

3 × 2.5 × .5 cm (1 3/16 × 1 × 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1288

Extended information about this artwork

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