Art/ Collection/ Art Object


9th–12th century
Made in north or central Syria
Gold Glass
Overall: 3 1/2 x 3 5/16 x 5/16 in. (8.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 cm)
Glass-Gold glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This lustrous tile is made of dark purple glass overlaid with gold foil and sealed again with clear glass. The gold foil triangles form a cross pattern. Such tiles may have been used to decorate walls or other objects in a Syrian church.
Said to have been found at Djabal Balusha, near Alexandretta, Syria; [ Mr. Kévork Demirdjian(sold 1946)]
Swarzenski, Georg. "Das Auftreten des Egomisé bei Nicholò Pisano." In Festschrift Zum Sechzigsten Geburtstag von Paul Clemen. Dusseldorf: L. Schwann, 1926. pp. 326-328.

Swift, Emerson H. "Byzantine Gold Mosaic." American Journal of Archaeology, n.s., 38, no. 1 (1934). pp. 81-82.

Bessone Aurelj, Antonietta Maria. I Marmorari Romani. Milan: Società Anonima Editrice Dante Alighieri, 1935. p. 89, pl. XIX.

Honey, William Bowyer. Glass: A Handbook for the Study of Glass Vessels of All Periods and Countries and a Guide to the Museum Collection. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1946.

Smith, Ray Winfield. "The Ray Winfield Smith Collection." In Glass from the Ancient World. Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 1957. p. 221, no. 446.

The Constable-Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass. London: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1979. p. 186.

Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 256, p. 386.

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