Mosaic floors decorated the homes of wealthy Roman citizens. The size of this mosaic suggests that it may have been in a house’s atrium (a colonnaded court, partially open to the sky) covering a cistern where rainwater was collected. As the water flowed over the mosaic, the brightly colored stone and green glass tiles of the geometric and floral patterns would have sparkled.
tags: function, pattern, shapes, math, geometry, order, part/whole, place, variation
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hanes