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    Two Handled Vase
    1st c. AD

    The millefiori technique allowed the master glaziers to use all kinds of variations and choice of patterns moulded onto surfaces. It was achieved by interlacing combinations of glass rods of various colours to produce a "stick" the cross section of which might have the form of a flower, star or a more irregular form. These were cut into small disks with the pattern in the centre and joined to form a firm surface.

    It was a technique that required great skill and a sensitivity for the vivacious interplay of coloured glass. In the centuries following it was to spread throughout the Roman Empire.