3 June 1999
A BYZANTINE "GOLD-GLASS" TILE
circa 11th-12th century a.d.
Formed from cut-out triangles and squares of gold-leaf laid out in a cruciform pattern, and sandwiched between a thick transparent pale green backing and a thin transparent pale green overlay
3 in. (8.9 cm) wide
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For a similar tile and a listing of numerous other examples in museum collections see no. 268 in Oliver, Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh. All are thought to have come from one site in Syria.
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