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, 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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tessera

(tess -ĕ-ră) (plural: tesserae) a type of surface feature found on Venus, consisting of a rugged elevated track extending for several thousand kilometers. The word is used in the approved name of such a feature.
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Tessera

A small square piece of colored marble, glass, or tile, used to make geometric or figurative mosaic patterns.
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tessera

[′tes·ə·rə]
(materials)
A small rectangular piece of ceramic tile, stone, or other material used in a mosaic design.
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tessera

tesserae: shown separately and combined in a mosaic
A small squarish piece of colored marble, glass, or tile, used to make mosaic patterns, either geometric or figurative.
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tessera

1. a small square tile of stone, glass, etc., used in mosaics
2. a die, tally, etc., used in classical times, made of bone or wood
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I found Tesserae to be well written, Freese's writing is distinctive, his writing voice propels the reader through the narrative with a pause now and then to do some reflective thinking about the life and perhaps shared moments we all have shared and how we have been compelled forward or perhaps have been held back on our own journey.
Thus, discrete tesserae of 'progressive type', characteristic of one of the lineages in the genus Psammosteus, stand out by their height, which is attained by the enlargement of an aspidin mound (neck) and its overgrowth by the dentine of the primordial tubercle.
"Consumers know it from airports, but Tesserae is a different product; it doesn't look like panel," said Owen.
The scales never reached such thickness as the tesserae did, which might mean that the tesserae appeared in earlier life stages of the fish, and grew some time before the scales appeared.
Aguatti was one of the earliest mosaicists to work in miniature during the late 18th and early 19th centuries using miniature 'smalti', the Italian name for minuscule pieces of enamel tesserae made in the Vatican workshops.
Using computer simulations, models and practical tests, the difficulties of constructing such a vast surface were overcome by assembling single tiles into larger modules, so each colour-coded hexagonal 'pixel' is made up of 37 tesserae.
This close inspection of the physical fabric of the mosaics has enabled them to see where the original plaster survives, where the original tesserae are still in situ, or have been reset, and where new tesserae have been added.
The work is at once a painting and a mosaic, resulting as it does from a technique Whitten has employed since the early 1990s, in which he uses small squares of hardened acrylic paint as tesserae. The primarily velvety black composition is inflected with light blue and sparkling gold tiles, with which Whitten has formed a circle and two lines dividing the square work into quadrants.
The architect calls his creation the White Chapel, but Hyatt have christened the hexagonal space Eternity--an optimistic prediction for the unions it consummates--and the gauzy white interior with its floor of marble tesserae does suggest a movie set for the after-life.
Products used for "The Real World: Denver" house include Milliken's Joy Prism and Cocoon tiles; Tesserae Essentials, Talus, Spectrum and Touch panels; Pattern-Mates broadloom; and hospitality broadloom carpet.
* The material pieces used to form mosaic are called "tesserae." In ancient Rome, wall mosaics were primarily made from tiny pieces of colored glass.