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Ancient Roman Mosaic of Lycurgus & Ambrosia

Item Number: 10709
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76.77” (195 cm) x 64.57” (164 cm)
Formerly of the property of a European gentleman who acquired it between 1970 and 1980 from a licensed dealer in Lebanon. Documentation available from import of his collection to the United States in 1988


The nymph Ambrosia is metamorphosed into a fruiting grapevine by the god Dionysus as the impious King Lycurgus slays her with an axe. A mosaic with the same theme may be found at the Archaeological Museum of Delos. Also a similar Mosaic from Herculaneum depicting the same myth resides in the Staatliche Museum in Munich.

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