Mosaic Bar with Snake

Object Name: 
Mosaic Bar with Snake

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Object Name: 
Mosaic Bar with Snake
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 3 cm; Base W: 1.1 cm (tapering to 0.6 cm)
Not on Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Credit Line: 
Gift of Carl Berkowitz and Derek Content
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue, translucent amethyst, opaque yellow and opaque white glass, dull surface resinous material adhering all over; mosaic glass or millefiori technique subsequently retouched by cutting and grinding. Element appears to be horizontal top and legs of an animal couch or offering table; top flares out somewhat from a substantial body decorated with a single horizontal relief line which connects the legs to each other; the leg on the left bows out and down suggesting the hind quarter of an animal, the right side is heavier and appears to represent a stylized lion or leopard head with typical Egyptian wig above the more substantial shoulder and lower leg; in cross section a central amethyst cane is cased with yellow then alternating layers of blue and white, this complex color system is not seen except on the upper surface of the table where it would have been obliterated by the backing material; head preserves small section of thick resinous material on back with a flat bar of opaque yellow and opaque red glass adhering to it.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Former Collection
Berkowitz, Carl, Source
Content, Derek, Source
Habib Tawadros, Former Collection
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 231, #672; BIB# 29547