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Opus tessellatum

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Scope note: kind of mosaic obtained with regular white or black polychrome cubic tesserae, tightly fitted, in sizes which varied in accordance to the quality of the workmanship, each mosaic having equal sized tesserae. This technique was used to create decorative mosaics with a vast range of motifs and decorative geometrical outlines. (See also mosaic, opus musivum and opus vermiculatum).

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