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  • noun Plural form of tessera.


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  • The 64-year-old mosaicist fashions the tiny glass pieces known as tesserae into remarkable artworks.

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  • (also called tesserae), and gluing them into place. -

  • However, archaeological indicators for actual villas (such as tesserae, crustae, hypocaust tiles or window glass) were not retrieved.

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  • A mosaic consists of bits that, taken alone, don't mean much: put those individual tesserae , or tiles, together, and you can have a work of art.

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  • But he did not hesitate, and when they reached her room — whose walls were a mosaic of sea creatures composed of mint green, white, and brown tesserae — he entered along with her and closed the door behind him.

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  • I just noticed your blog has a subtitle "Tessera are the small pieces that make up a mosaic" which first rang a bell and immediately afterwards set off my grammar nazi alarm bell, as I remembered that 'tessera' is a singular and the plural would be 'tesserae'.

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  • Lyrical and elegant a prose stylist as he was, he never compromised the rigorous precision of his observations; he saw clearly, and described vividly what he saw, from the movement of raindrops down a window ( "the window screen, like a sampler half-stitched, or a crossword puzzle invisibly solved, was inlaid erratically with minute, translucent tesserae of rain") to the effects of the '70s energy crisis on the lives of average Americans.

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  • As for the other colours of the floor locally quarried chert was used for the purple, yellow and coral red tesserae.

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  • Most remarkable was the use of fragments of an inscription as tesserae.

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  • Drabkin also experimented with tesserae, creating a series of mosaic panels on biblical themes.

    Stella Drabkin.


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