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: 15/16 x 1 5/8 in. (2.3 x 4.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1684
Not on view
Fragment of revetment plaque.
Translucent deep purple, appearing black, and opaque yellow.
Flat inlay, with one straight flat edge.
Marbled mosaic pattern in purple ground with irregular yellow lines and streaks.
Polished upper side; pitting of surface bubbles, with some surface cracks; dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering on underside; weathering on straight and jagged edges, but one edge ground flat and polished.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2016. "Fragments of Time: Ancient Glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 51: p. 35.