Torso Fragment

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Object Name: 
Torso Fragment
Accession Number: 
Overall W: 4.4 cm, D: 2.6 cm
Not on Display
25 BC-99 AD
Primary Description: 
Canes of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque red, turquoise, translucent medium blue and translucent amethyst, pitted, dull surface, broken on both ends; mosaic glass or millefiori technique. Fragment preserves central torso of a figure facing left. Retains traces of gilding on left-hand side, the abdomen decorated with horizontal rows of checkerboard squares beginning with turquoise, red, blue, turquoise, red, all in a yellow matrix; the pelvic region has white scales with amethyst central dots each cased with amethyst below which a diagonal yellow line forms the border for a series of blue-tipped red feathers in a white ground, below which is a series of red-tipped turquoise feathers in a yellow ground as far as preserved. The backing material of the inlay appears to be various multicolored canes.
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 241, #700; BIB# 29547
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 78-79, #123; BIB# 27315