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Fragment of an Inlay

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

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  • A work made of glass, mosaic technique.

Date:

1st century BCE/1st century AD

Artist:

Ancient Mediterranean

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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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Mediterranean

Title

Fragment of an Inlay

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

100 BCE–100 CE

Medium

Glass, mosaic technique

Dimensions

4.1 × 4.4 × 0.3 cm (1 5/8 × 1 3/4 × 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1322

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