London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
FORTY EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS BARS AND INLAY FRAGMENTS
GRAECO-ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Including 14 floral strips, eight rosette and daisy bars and inlays, two yellow and blue scroll inalys, three square 'lily-and-palmette' inlay fragments, and imbricated feather patterns
2 in. (5 cm.) long max. (40)
The Groppi Collection, Switzerland; acquired in the 1920s-1940s.
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Cf. an example of how these bars built up a picture in the 'Fouad' glass mask in the Graeco-Roman museum, Alexandria (inv. 24850); exhibition catalogue, La gloire d'Alexandrie, 7 mai - 26 juillet, Paris, 1998, no. 208.
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