A group of ten 9th Century Abbasid mosaic-glass Gaming Pieces, Mesopotamia.
This collection of mosaic – glass shows a variety of circular designs of gaming pieces that go back to the 9th century. Some are tapering and conical others domical and some shallow – domical.
The colours and designs vary from one to the other indicating that they are not a set. The designs consist of circular globular dots and abstract curves that from a distance appear to be of bouquets of closely packed flowers – with an open mind, the precursor of the millefiori glass technique.