Byzantine Mosaic of Children Seated on a Dromedary

Illustration

Rome and Byzantium
by Hagia Sophia Research Team
published on 08 January 2018

Two children are seated on a dromedary. One of them wears a wreath around his head and is holding a bird in one hand and reins with the other hand. There is also a guide in front of them. Period: Early Byzantine, c. 6th century CE. Place: Constantinople, (Modern Istanbul, Turkey). Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Once located in today’s Sultan Ahmet District, the Great Palace of Constantinople was built by Constantine the Great. The Palace area extended from the Hippodrome to the coastline. Destroyed in the Nika Riot in the 6th century CE, the Great Palace was rebuilt by Justinian I. The mosaics decorating the floors of the museum today date back to that restoration time. The mosaics are just one-seventh of the original work.

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