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Circular Dish

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
To create mosaic glass, artisans fused slices of colored glass rods in a two-part mold and then polished the surface. Of the few examples that survive from antiquity, most come from the palace of Amunhotep III at Malkata, where the king sponsored royal workshops. The coloring on this example, which is the largest and best-preserved of its type, is probably meant to imitate red granite.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390–1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 11/16 x 1 x 4 1/8 in. (1.8 x 2.5 x 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Shallow, circular, opaque glass dish with footless convex base. Made from two layers of small pieces of glass, dark red, light and dark blue and white. Upper layer composed of relatively large pieces; lower layer made of smaller fragments. The two layers remain separate. Surface not polished. Irregular arrangement of colors may be imitation of stone. Condition: Assembled from three pieces but intact. Scattered minute chips.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Circular Dish, ca. 1390–1353 B.C.E. Glass, 11/16 x 1 x 4 1/8 in. (1.8 x 2.5 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.162. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.162_SL1.jpg)
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