Mosaic Plaque with Griffin

Object Name: 
Mosaic Plaque with Griffin

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Object Name: 
Mosaic Plaque with Griffin
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 1.6 cm, W: 1.9 cm, Th: 0.3 cm
On Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Primary Description: 
Mosaic Plaque with Griffin. Canes of opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque brick-red, opaque grey-blue, greyish-turquoise and opaque medium blue delineated with translucent deep blue in a deep blue matrix, some pitting, edges retain thick brown weathering product, both surfaces repolished recently; mosaic glass or millefiori technique. Thin slice of a roughly rectangular cane preserving the design of an elaborate and intricately patterned griffin with predominantly yellow protome, mouth open, red tongue revealed, right leg raised, the head is set off from the body by an elaborate grey, blue and turquoise collar while the intricate wings spring from a central scale pattern of white, grey and red. The arced feather patterns are delineated with red veins cased with yellow and thin zig-zag decoration of blue and white; the carefully delineated protome is attached to a rather stylized and flame-like body of grey-turquoise outlined in red which may suggest a composite creature.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954