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Glass mosaic inlay

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Egyptian, Ptolemaic or Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
Other: 15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.395
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent turquoise green; decoration in opaque white and yellow, and translucent purple.
Diamond-shaped thin, flat plaque.
Symmetrical bug-shaped motif, with wings represented by white and purple stripes.
Complete but with minor chips on edges; upper side and edges ground and polished; pitted surface bubbles, iridescent weathering on back.
The inlay is made from two sections cut from the same cane of mosaic glass, with decoration appearing in mirror image.

The design may represent a winged beetle.
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