Mosaics and mosaic making information from The joy of shards
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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.