Ancient Roman Gigantes Mosaic

Ancient Roman Gigantes Mosaic

Item Number: 21003


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Period: Circa 3rd c. CE
Dimensions: 29 1/2" x 31"; (75 x 79 cm)
Condition: Upper corners missing.Condition is very good with small typical ancient mosaic losses as shown in photos.  No restoration has been done as most people want a mosaic in "as found" condition. We have a restorer who can paint in areas or replace tesserae.
Region: Roman - Eastern Mediterranean, probably near Antioch
Provenance: Formerly in an old Swiss collection
Some myths convey the fact that the goddess Gaia was impregnated by the blood of the castrated sky-god Uranus. She subsequently bore a tribe of 100 giants which were customarily depicted as primitives with serpents instead of legs. They were possibly descended from the barbarian tribes of Thrace.

In this mosaic, the mythological scene shows the kneeling King of the Gigantes succumbing after being attacked by Hercules in the battle between the gods and the Gigantes. Very dear ancient Roman glass tesserae were used in the plants to embellish the importance of the scene. A very similar mosaic was found in the Villa Romana del Casale.

The Mosaic is mounted on honeycomb, an expensive but useful process that lightens the piece by two thirds for ease of handling and display.