Egyptian Mosaic Glass Inlay


A fine Egyptian multi-coloured glass inlay with hues of yellow, white and blue. The design is composed of yellow circular motifs with white centres on a blue background. The reverse is unadorned. The stunning inlay would have been created using incredibly precise techniques and careful craftsmanship.

Date: Circa 332–30 BC
Period: Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: Ex collection of Gallery Mikazuki, Japan, before 1984; later property of a London Gentleman.
Condition: Fine condition.


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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 was almost monopolised by the ruling elite. Therefore, many glass inlays were owned by the Pharaohs, or were gifted to favoured officials by the royals. It appears that glass was almost regarded as a precious stone, probably due to the high level of care and attention required to make it and to form it into beautiful designs.

Weight 0.60 g
Dimensions L 1.0 x W 0.7 cm



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