Functional and beautiful: Exhibit showcases common objects of the historic elite

‘The Fine Art of Living’ museum exhibit features useful but beautiful objects once owned by noble elite
from around the world
Friday, July 25, 2008 | 1:01 p.m. CDT; updated 1:12 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 25, 2008

COLUMBIA — In a small, beige-walled room at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Kelly Archer had her first look at a trio of micromosaics, framed and under glass. The biggest one, no larger than a silver dollar, depicts the Coliseum of Rome in intricate detail. With the help of a magnifying glass, Archer got a better look at the hundreds of colored bits forming the rows of columns and arches.