Lintel with Cobras

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Object Name: 
Lintel with Cobras
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
59.1.94 E
Overall H: 1.1 cm, W: 8.9 cm, D: 0.6 cm
On Display
299 BCE-99 CE
Primary Description: 
Lintel with Cobras. Mosaic glass or millefiori elements. Mosaic glass strip (formerly identified as a sawtooth pattern with ivy leaf along one edge). Actually this is the lintel of a miniature shrine with twenty-three cobras forming the horizontal element, their heads are roughly cut in a sawtooth pattern from a monochrome turquoise band which runs above a series of raised bodies delineated with a scale pattern in yellow on a field of blue and turquoise in a long rectangular red matrix.
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. 231, #673; BIB# 29547
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 69-71, #99; BIB# 27315