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A very bizarre inlay, possibly Romano-Egyptian

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Hello everybody,

I bought last week on Catawiki (which I hate because of their numerous fakes sold weekly) a stunning inlay. It was hopefully for sale by Chris Martin in London, who I fully trust. This is a tiny artefact L 1.6, H 0.7, T 0.4 cm


Although badly repaired (I will try to fix that) this inlay is interesting for at least 3 reasons: 

1. It is not flat, as usually. The red nose is indeed in relief,

2. The upper face is convex as you can see on the upper image,

3. The lower face is made of another layer of totally transluscent glass, see lower image. 


I am not sure at all it is Romano-Egyptian. Thus, I did send my pictures to the Corning glass Museum. I hope they may identify the origin of the inlay and on the technique used to make it.

All the best,




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Yes, thanks for your comment! Although I collect mainly Egyptian artefacts, I have in my collection a superb Phoenician or Carthaginian glass pendant, see below. 
This a quadrichrome one, the mouth is red. H 2.9 cm



All the best,



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