Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay

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

Date:

Ptolemaic Period, (1st century BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

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. This style of glass mosaic, with its tiny checkerboard patterning, appeared as early as the 4th century B.C. on decorative hieroglyphs inlaid into coffins.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay

Origin

Italy

Date

100 BC–1 BC

Medium

Glass, mosaic technique

Dimensions

2 × 1.5 × 1 cm (3/4 × 9/16 × 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1298

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