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Mosaic (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
2nd Century
Nationality
Roman
Birth/Death
2nd century-
Dimensions
98 1/2 x 99 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
(250.2 x 252.7 x 6.4 cm)

Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hanes

Culture
Ancient Roman

About

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

Images

  • Roman Artist Mosaic Sculpture 2nd Century

    Mosaic by Unknown Roman Artist

  • Roman Artist Mosaic Sculpture 2nd Century

    Mosaic