Plaque with Flowers

Object Name: 
Plaque with Flowers

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Object Name: 
Plaque with Flowers
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Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4.3 cm, W: 6.1 cm
On Display
99-75 BCE (possibly earlier)
Primary Description: 
Plaque with Flowers. Translucent greyish medium blue glass matrix, bubbly, irregular backing of turbid yellow-green with stripe of amethyst, canes of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque red, translucent yellow-green and green glass; mosaic glass or millefiori technique, repolished recently. Roughly horizontal section of an inlay, bottom surface apparently intact. The major design element a central thistle-like flower, globular green sepal, slight indication of scale pattern in translucent blue (?), feathery thistle radiate out in yellow with white tips, long saw-tooth leaf, on either side of this central yellow thistle is a smaller thistle shape flower with similar leaves and sepal but with red crown rays cased in yellow, the ends are rounded; on either side an irregular petal element of a red center with yellow-white, turbid white and red elements, above each is a star-like flower, yellow-centered with colorless greenish dots and six white pointed leaves; this motif is repeated above a second time as well as a yellow-green element cased with yellow and surmounted by a yellow-green oval cased with a thick yellow band with a single row of amethyst dots.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 255, #760, pl. 35; BIB# 29547