2 Fragments of Mosaic Glass Inlays

Object Name: 
2 Fragments of Mosaic Glass Inlays

Notice of Upcoming Content and Access Change

The Museum is working on the future of our online collections access. A new version will be available later in 2023. During this transition period, the current version of the Collections Browser may have reduced functionality and data may be not be updated. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For any questions or concerns, please contact us.

What is AAT?

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) (r) is a structured vocabulary for generic concepts related to art and architecture. It was developed by The Getty Research Institute to help research institutions become consistent in the terminology they use.Learn More

Object Name: 
2 Fragments of Mosaic Glass Inlays
Accession Number: 
(a) H: 2 cm, W: 1 cm; (b) L: 2 cm, W: 9 cm, Th: 0.3 cm
Not on Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Credit Line: 
Gift of Carl Berkowitz and Derek Content
Primary Description: 
(a) Canes of opaque deep blue and opaque yellow glass, dull surface, some pitting on edges and back; mosaic glass or millefiori technique retouched by cutting. Fragment preserves a portion of a hieroglyph roughly triangular in form, a blue scale pattern cased with yellow is spread evenly over the surface except at the tip; this may be the segment of a tall crown with a place for the ear and back of the head or it may be a small torso of a seated figure with knees brought up to the chest, the tip does not have a scale pattern but remains in blue. (b) Complex series of mosaic glass strips with opaque yellow, opaque white, opaque red, opaque yellow-green, opaque deep blue glass and translucent amethyst appearing black; mosaic glass or millefiori technique. Rectangular fragment preserves five vertical strips, the central strip consists of translucent deep blue squares cased with yellow and alternating with squares of white, on either side is a long strip of opaque light green glass, as an outer border one side retains yellow spiral or wave decoration in an amethyst matrix, the other side retains blue leafed stylized floral patterns with red and amethyst stems and red anthers or stamen in a white ground.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Former Collection
Berkowitz, Carl, Source
Content, Derek, Source
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 226-227, #657-658 (a, b); BIB# 29547