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Mosaic Plate

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Description Makers of mosaic glass cut thin slices from long, thin rods known as canes. The slices were placed side by side on a marble slab and heated in a furnace until they fused together. The soft flat disk of fused glass was then placed over a bowl-shaped form and heated until it slumped into the desired shape.

The plate was examined and documented before exhibition at the Walters in 2013. The plate has been broken in half and repaired in the past. The old repair is stable. There are no major losses. Three very small losses (less than .2 cm. long) are present on the reverse along the break line. The surface of the glass is irregularly weathered and eroded. The original glass is multi-colored sections of canes set in a transparent blue glass matrix.

Date Description Narrative
7/15/2013ExaminationExamined for exhibition
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Salviati and the Antique: Ancient Inspiration for Modern Glassmaking. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from near Jerusalem]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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late 1st century BCE-early 1st century CE (Late Hellenistic-early Roman)
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H: 3/4 × Diam: 6 5/16 in. (1.9 × 16 cm)
  • Israel, Jerusalem (Place of Discovery)


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