Mosaic Glass Fragments from a Vessel
- 4th–early 5th century
- Made in Ain et-Turba, Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
- Overall (08.268.17a): 1 15/16 x 2 1/16 x 3/8 in. (4.9 x 5.2 x 1 cm)
Storage (petri dish diam.): 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1908
- Accession Number:
Mosaic glass was one of the most highly valued types of luxury glass in the ancient world. It takes its name from the way in which vessels are formed from a mosaic of rods (monochrome segments of glass) and cones (slender rods bundled and fused to form polychrome designs).
Between 1907 and 1909, the Metropolitan Museum excavated at Ain et-Turba in the Kharga Oasis. Excavators found large numbers of glass fragments, many of high quality and expensive manufacture.