opus tessellatum (process)

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Scope note
Standard mosaic process and technique using small cubes of uniform size known as tesserae, made of hard materials such as stone and glass, applied to a ground to form ornamental patterns and pictures. While opus tessellatum was initially a cheap substitute for finer mosaic work executed in the more complex technique of "opus vermiculatum," it eventually became the dominant technique and remained so throughout the Middle Ages.
opus tessellatum
Accepted term: 20-May-2024