Byzantine Floor Mosaic from Eastern Mediterranean

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published on 07 November 2017

This exceptional mosaic likely comes from the floor of a house or public building. It reflects the Late Romand and Early Byzantine taste for intricate and colorful designs. It dates from c. 325-350 CE and is made of limestone tesserae. The central panel shows a eoos within a grape vine and has an inscription placed with the wreath. (Translation from ancient Greek: "The mosaic was finished on the 16th of April, in the 10th indiction year of the...in the year 104.") The central areas is framed by an elaborate geometic border containing four smaller panels with baskets of flowers and/or geometric motifs. (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto)


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