Ancient Egyptian Hellenistic Glass Bar Inlay Group


A group of four delicate ancient Egyptian glass feather bar inlays with hues of yellow, black, white, purple and red. Each features a combination of two vibrant colours and displays fine lines, adding texture to the pieces. These inlays would have been created using incredibly precise techniques and careful craftsmanship.

Lengths of the inlays vary from 1.5cm to 2.4cm.

N.B. Price is for the group of four.

Date: Circa 305-30 BC
Period: Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: Ex collection of Gallery Mikazuki, Japan, before 1984; later property of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Fine condition. Slight earthly encrustations to the surfaces. Chipped end to one of the inlays.

In stock

SKU: CY-148 Category: Tag:

Glass inlays were created using a selection of metal oxides to colour the glass. The glass makers were diligent and precise in their use of oxides, in order to ensure that the correct colours and shades were achieved. Archaeological evidence suggests that glass making, prior to the evolution of glass-blowing techniques, was mostly monopolised by the social elite.

Glass bar inlays such as these were formed from two differing coloured rods fused together, and then cut to create the desired shape and length. Whilst these rods are relatively simple in nature, more complicated patterns included the addition of feathering, facial elements or floral motifs.

Weight 1.93 g
Dimensions L 2.4 cm




Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 1888,0712.36

You may also like…