Ancient Roman Mosaic Cornucopia

Ancient Roman Mosaic Cornucopia

Item Number: 20320


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Period: 3rd – 4th c. CE
Dimensions: 102" x 28 1/2"; 274 x 72 cm
Condition: Very good
Region: Eastern Mediterranean, most likely up toward Antioch, the magnificent ancient city capital.
Provenance: From an old Swiss collection that was then imported by the owner to New York.
Reclining god representing Africa holding a stalk of corn and cornucopia, also called the horn of plenty, a symbol of abundance, wellness and nourishment. His posture connotes fertility and wellness. His origin likely Nubia or Egypt. The cornucopia myth was created when Heracles wrestled with the river god Achelous and wrenched off one of his horns which then provided unending nourishment.

The ends of the mosaic are enhanced with wonderful geometrics. This most likely would have been the dado of a large wall in a wealthy person’s house. It is mounted on honeycomb which reduces the weight of the mosaic by more than two thirds making it much easier to handle and display. This piece would make a wonderful headboard for a large bed.