Crocodile Inlay

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Object Name: 
Crocodile Inlay
Accession Number: 
66.1.76
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 1.6 cm, W: 8.2 cm, Th: 0.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
99 BC-99 AD
Primary Description: 
Canes of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque light blue, opaque red in a translucent deep blue matrix, bubbly, pitted, heavily weathered on back surface; mosaic glass or millefiori technique subsequently shaped by cutting. Two joining fragments form the body of a crocodile, multiple concentric circles of opaque medium blue, translucent grey-blue and yellow in a grey-blue matrix form the back of the animal, the belly is delineated first by a series of white squares in a brick-red strip, the belly itself, diagonals of yellow cased with white and translucent blue, this pattern is used in various segments to define lower parts of the body and it continues out into the tail, the tail is divided by a red strip similar to the belly, but the area above the strip is a series of diagonal strips each consisting of alternating squares of opaque light blue and translucent grey-blue with elements cased in opaque white and divided by an opaque white strip, above this the jagged edge of the tail is indicated in triangles of grey-blue cased with red in a translucent deep blue matrix, this matrix runs below the entire body of the crocodile as well, the legs in opaque yellow have white claws and translucent blue lines divide each claw; the head is broken away.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sangiorgi, Giorgio, Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio, Source
1966
The Lure of Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs Revisited
Venue(s)
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg 1996-01-10 through 1996-06-09
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
 
Glass Animals: 3,500 Years of Artistry and Design (1988) illustrated, p. 27; BIB# 32200
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 236, #685; BIB# 29547