Micromosaic for Necklace
1 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (2.6 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm)
Medium and Support:
Glass, gold and onyx
Gift of Miss Mary Wright
Location: Not currently on view
This intricate souvenir jewelry set features 15 different Roman architectural wonders commonly visited by Grand Tourists, including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s, the Forum Romanum, and the Column of Trajan. The small scenes are produced in micromosaic, using tiny oblong tesserae of glass and stone in numbers up to 1,400 per square inch. Micromosaic jewelry remained fashionable in Europe through the mid-1870s.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]