Glass mosaic plaque fragment with floral motifs

Roman, Egyptian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Deep cobalt blue ground, appearing black; decoration in opaque white, yellow, and red, and other, uncertain colors.
Thin, flat plaque, with rough, uneven back.
Floral motif with individual plants picked out in detail on ground, including a poppy seed head and a long ear of wheat.
Broken on all sides, with weathered edges; dulling, pitting and pale creamy weathering on upper side, iridescence on underside.

The attractive polychromy of the floral designs on this fragment are now masked by a layer of brownish surface weathering.

Glass mosaic plaque fragment with floral motifs, Glass, fused sections, Roman, Egyptian

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