Van der Meulen's collection amounts to nearly a thousand multi-coloured fragments of mosaic glass. The Romans used this costly and rare glasswork for luxurious tableware, such as plates and bowls. Only a few complete sets have been preserved.
Mosaic glass production centres
The mosaic glass production centres with specialised studios were mainly located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea region (now Lebanon and Syria), Italy and Egypt.
2nd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.; originally from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region and Italy