An Egyptian Mosaic Glass Floral Inlay, ca. 1st century BCE/CE
This fine miniature roundel portrays on both sides a charming flower, the bright opaque white of the petals contrast well with the central disk of bright yellow that is in turn, further enhanced with an outline of rich tomato red, the sign for gold, and a color almost never found in earlier Egyptian work. This complete portrait appears more brilliant by contrast within the striking lapis lazuli blue round matrix.
The peak of mosaic glass development came with the turn of the millennium, from about the first century B.C. to the following century. During this time, the brilliance of the Egyptian glassmakers is evident, producing works of great complexity and beauty, of which this mosaic roundel is undoubtedly one.
Condition: Some expected minor pitting to the surface that does not detract, the roundel is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Diameter: 3/8 inch (0.95 cm)
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970's