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Glass mosaic inlay fragment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast
Dimensions:
Other: 1 1/2 x 1 13/16 in. (3.8 x 4.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1686
Not on view
Translucent deep purple, appearing black, and opaque white.
Fragment of thick, flat block.
Pattern of concentric wavy lines in white on purple ground.
Polished upper surface; some pitting of surface bubbles on upper surface; deep pitting, dulling, brilliant iridescence, and patches of thick creamy weathering on underside and edges.
Probably used as decoration in wall or ceiling revetment.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: p. 34.

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