12 June 2002
A BYZANTINE GOLD-GLASS TILE
Circa 9th-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 purple-brown backing and a colorless glass overlay
3 5/8 X 3 7/16 in. (9.2 X 8.7 cm)
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For the type see no. 268 in Oliver, Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, including a list of numerous examples in museum collections, all perhaps from the same find in Syria.
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