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Inlay fragment, rows of zigzag lines

Period:
Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period
Date:
200 BC–100 AD
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H. 0.9 × W. 2.2 cm (3/8 × 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.2723
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
A mosaic glass technique allowed multiples of an image to be created: a figural or design composition was made by bundling colored glass canes, which were then drawn out into a long bar. The bar was then sectioned at right angles, probably by striking the bar with appropriate tools, to produce small inlay tiles. The tile would then be smoothed and polished on the face intended to appear outwards.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.

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