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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 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

In ancient Rome, there was a high demand for colorful glass that could dazzle banquet guests alongside the expensive silver and gold serving wares meant to impress. Fragments like this one would have once been a part of larger mosaic dishes. The mosaic pattern was made by sagging molten glass into bowl-shaped molds, a technique used on many of these fragments is similar to millefiori, “thousand flowers” in Italian, a modern glass-making method in which tiny rods of colored glass are bundled together, wrapped in a sheet of glass, fused, and then thinly sliced to reveal swirls of a flower-like patterns. They were arranged side by side, sometimes together with bits of colored glass, and fused together with heat.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay

Origin

Italy

Date

100 BCE–1 BCE

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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