Nouvelle acquisition : Early medieval tesserae in Northwestern Europe
VAN WERSCH L., VERSLYPE L., STRIVAY D., THEUWS F.
Early medieval tesserae in Northwestern Europe
Bonn : Habelt-Verlag, 2019, 144 p.
Collection Merovingian archaelogy in the low countries ; 6
A tessera is defined as an individual piece, usually in the shape of a tiny cube, used in creating mosaics. It corresponds to small fragments of glass, stone or ceramic of various colors used to create patterns in order to decorate floors, walls and vaults of building. These objetcs, generally smaler than 1 cm, could appear insignificant and it could be surprising to dedicate a workshop to this topic. Indeed, conferences and meetings focus rather on the iconography, the techniques dans the preservation of the mosaics they belong to. Still they can furnish a lot of information on a context, a site and its tenants, especially when they are made of glass…