Ancient Roman Geometric Mosaic

Ancient Roman Geometric Mosaic

Item Number: 20484


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Period: Circa 4th - 5th C. CE
Dimensions: 75” x 43 1/2”; 190 x 110 cm
Condition: Superb. Honeycomb. Honeycombing is a very expensive process that results in mosaics weighing roughly 1/3 of the weight of the more conventional cement process.
Region: Eastern Mediterranean
Provenance: Formerly the property of a European gentleman who acquired it between 1970 and 1980 from a licensed dealer in Lebanon. Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime money back guarantee, as well as a packet of reference material accompany this piece.
A very handsome rectangular ornamental floor mosaic with multiple intricate patterns of terra-cotta, black, ivory, tan etc. This is an unusually complex, detailed and sophisticated pattern which indicates it came from an unusually expensive floor. For example, the circle with descending squares falling into a hole appears three dimensional. In the panel next to it the square also has an optical delusional tendency. The same color scheme was employed in the Musée d’Apamee near the Cathedral, in Apamea, Syria, an ancient Greek and Roman city on the right bank of the Orontes River, second half of the third century. It was originally the capital of Apamene under the Macedonians, and then became the capital of the Metropolitan Archbishopric of the late Roman province Syria Secunda.

Ref: Elements of the motives of our mosaic can be found in "Mosaics from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages", H.P.L'Orange & P.J. Nordhagen, Methuen & Co, Ltd. 1958, Plate 41 - Aquilea. "detail of ornamental zone from a corridor floor in the early Christian South Basilica. Second decade of 4th century AD"