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Mosaic Glass Fragments from a Vessel

Date:
4th–early 5th century
Geography:
Made in Ain et-Turba, Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.268.17a–k
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
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.
Ain et Turba, Kharga Oasis
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