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These sea creatures are part of the floor in the Chapel of Saint Andrew. They are very detailed marble work, with the shapes cut from thin slices of the stone. This inlaying is similar to original opus sectile mosaic and it is rather like "pietre dure". The motling and streaking on the marble is used skillfully to mimic the texture of the shells of the lobster and crab. The shape of the ray in the last picture is cut from a single piece of stone. lobster

detail of lobster

crab

ray

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