Definitions for "Tessera"
Keywords:  mosaic, tile, pavements, cube, marble
A small piece of marble, glass, earthenware, or the like, having a square, or nearly square, face, used by the ancients for mosaic, as for making pavements, for ornamenting walls, and like purposes; also, a similar piece of ivory, bone, wood, etc., used as a ticket of admission to theaters, or as a certificate for successful gladiators, and as a token for various other purposes.
Each of the small pieces used in mosaic work, such as the glazed tiles on bathroom floors or in tub and shower surrounds.
The small piece of stone, glass, or other object that is pieced together with many others to create a mosaic.
a tablet with a handle containing a certain number of points showing that the emperor had given money, corn, or other gifts to the people. It is a symbol of the goddess Liberalitas.