Mosaic Plaque with Unity Knot

Object Name: 
Mosaic Plaque with Unity Knot

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Object Name: 
Mosaic Plaque with Unity Knot
Accession Number: 
59.1.102
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 1.6 cm, W: 1.1 cm, Th: 0.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
99 BC-99 AD
Web Description: 
The knot symbolizes the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
1959-07-27
Technique: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Mosaic Plaque with Unity Knot. Opaque brick red and multicolored glass; surface slightly dull through weathering and slight pitting; molded with inlaid decoration; pure black rectangular plaque or block showing a tower-like motif (lighthouse of Alexandria (?); it is less likely that it shows a phallus); the complete scene includes a tower like upright in black and yellow hatching standing on a similar base and being surmounted by an onion shaped white top; two wings of the butterfly type attached to the center; the colors being white, blue and red.
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
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. 229, #665; BIB# 29547