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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.
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