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Cosmati work:see mosaicmosaic
, art of arranging colored pieces of marble, glass, tile, wood, or other material to produce a surface ornament. Ancient Mosaics
In Egypt and Mesopotamia, furniture, small architectural features, and jewelry were occasionally adorned with inset bits of
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Polychromatic patterns of stone, glass, or gilding set in marble; commonly applied in Italian Romanesque architecture.
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