Mosaic glass inlay

Roman, probably Egyptian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

Opaque white ground; decoration in opaque white, yellow, and blue, partly translucent purple and blue green, and colorless glass appearing blue.
Thin, rectangular plaque, cut from a mosaic composite bar, with flat upper and lower faces, and vertical straight sides, with rounded corners; design extends uniformly through the thickness of the plaque.
Front half of crocodile, facing left; front leg in blue; underside of body and jaw in small blue green canes outlined with colorless glass, and bottom of jaw outlined in purple; teeth in white; upper body in purple with yellow scales.
Broken across one end, with rear half of crocodile missing, and some chips along top edge; all surfaces ground and polished; pitting of surface bubbles.

Mosaic glass inlay, Glass, Roman, probably Egyptian

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