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  1. Pietra dura

    hard and fine stones in general, such as are used for inlay and the like, as distinguished from the softer stones used in building; thus, a Florentine mosaic is a familiar instance of work in pietra dura, though the ground may be soft marble

    Etymology: [It., hard stone.]

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  1. Pietra dura

    Pietra dura or pietre dure, called parchin kari in South Asia, is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been "sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section was practically invisible". Stability was achieved by grooving the undersides of the stones so that they interlocked, rather like a jigsaw puzzle, with everything held tautly in place by an encircling 'frame'. Many different colored stones, particularly marbles, were used, along with semiprecious, and even precious stones. It first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence. Pietra dura items are generally crafted on green, white or black marble base stones. Typically the resulting panel is completely flat, but some examples where the image is in low relief were made, taking the work more into the area of hardstone carving.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pietra Dura

    a name given to the purest kind of Florentine mosaic work, consists of hard stones characterised by brilliancy of colour.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pietra dura in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pietra dura in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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