Inlay, floral square
Date:1st–3rd Century A.D.
Dimensions:H. 2.6 × W. 2.6 cm (1 × 1 in.)
Credit Line:Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
A mosaic glass technique allowed multiples of an image to be created: a figural or design composition was made by bundling colored glass canes, which were then drawn out into a long bar. The bar was then sectioned at right angles, probably by striking the bar with appropriate tools, to produce small inlay tiles. The tile would then be smoothed and polished on the face intended to appear outwards.