A ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS INLAY
Egypt, Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
Preserving one half section of a theater mask of a woman on an olive green ground, with opaque white for the face, details of the eye, nose, downturned mouth and chin, the outline of the face, and strands of hair in translucent blue, with red for the lips and hair, two thick corkscrew curls and a ribbon framing her face
¾ in. (1.9 cm.) long
Groppi Collection, acquired in Cairo, 1930s.
'Per-Neb' Collection; Christie's, London, 7 July 1993, lot 18.