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Roman Stone and Glass Tesserae Mosaics

Roman Stone and Glass Tesserae Mosaics

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The Roman Empire, c. 200-400AD.

Fascinating set of five ancient Roman mosaic squares of hard stone and glass. Mosaics were used in a variety of private and public buildings, on both floors and walls, though they competed with cheaper frescos for the latter. Mosaics, otherwise known as opus tesellatum, were made with small black, white and coloured squares typically measuring between 0.5cm and 1.5 cm but fine details were often rendered using even smaller pieces as little as 0,01cm in size. These squares (tesserae or tessellae) were cut from materials such as marble, tile, glass, smalto (glass paste), pottery, stone and even shells. A base was first prepared with fresh mortar and the tesserae positioned as close together as possible with any gaps then filled with liquid mortar in a process known as grouting. The whole was then cleaned and polished.

Good condition. Age-related wear, abrasion and encrusted patina. Size varies from 1,0cm to 1,7cm. Sell as a set.

Provenance: Dutch private collection

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