|ROMAN BRONZE MINIATURE LIDDED VESSEL INLAID WITH NIELLO
The body incised with bound floral motifs heightened with niello.
2nd-3rd Century AD
H. to lip 3 in. (7.6 cm.)
Ex Flohr collection, Germany; ex J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired from B. Gachstätter, Frankfurt, in July 2006.
Niello is a black metallic alloy of sulfur with silver, copper, or lead that is used to fill designs that have been engraved on the surface of a metal.