Hellenistic Glass Mosaic Pendant

£ 250.00

A fine Hellenistic glass fragment pendant displaying a mosaic pattern. This piece of glass was likely part of a bowl or vessel.  The translucent cobalt glass displays a beautiful mosaic pattern in which streaks of opaque white and yellow can be seen. This is created by heating white and yellow canes with the blue fusing them together. The fragment is placed in a modern sliver frame with a loop attached to the top for suspension.

The chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: Circa 2nd-1st century BC
Provenance: Ex Gallery Mikazuki prior to 1984 property of a London gentleman.
Condition: Very fine condition


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The creation of mosaic like patterns in glass was a time-consuming technique that took skill and patience. Thin canes of different colours were heated together in a certain order to fuse into one larger cane. It was then stretched to reduce the size of the pattern and cooled. The cane was then sliced into small discs and formed into beads or placed across a hot glassware vessel. Once the vessel shape was achieved it would have been blown for a second time to merge the mosaic discs and the vessel together and then left to cool in the desired shape. This process was originally discovered by the Egyptians when producing Millefiori glass and then later developed by the Greeks and Romans.

Weight 3.9 g
Dimensions L 3.1 x W 2.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 91.1.117

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