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EG1301

An Egyptian Mosaic Glass Inlay, Ptolemaic - Roman Period ca 1st century BC/AD

This fine miniature portrays a water bird, in left profile the bright opaque white of the body contrasts well with the   black markings, the color of resurrection in Egyptian art and lavish use of rich tomato red, the sign for gold, and a color almost never found in earlier Egyptian work.  The head, upper neck and feet are defined in yellow, all within a bold green 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 panel is undoubtedly one.

Condition: Complete and in excellent condition overall. 

Dimensions:  Height .78 inches (2 cm), Width .74 inches (1.9 cm), Depth .11 inches (.3 cm)

Provenance:  Private Californian collection, acquired in Alexandria in the late 1960's and then by descent to present owner.

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