Roman or Byzantine / Mosaic with a Peacock and Flowers / 3rd?4th centuryRoman or Byzantine
Mosaic with a Peacock and Flowers
3rd?4th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Roman or Byzantine
Title: Mosaic with a Peacock and Flowers
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 399
Creation Date: 3rd?4th century
Creation Place: Probably from North Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: tesserae
Dimensions: H. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm), W. 22 5/8 in. (57.5 cm)
Description: This mosaic, probably part of a much larger floor mosaic, shows a peacock among flowers. The peacock was a popular subject for Roman and Byzantine artists, often used to represent paradise, renewal, and spring. Byzantines might have thought the peacock an appropriate symbol for the season, because its elaborate feathers grew each spring. Associating the peacock with heavenly paradise was an extension of the Byzantine vision of earthly paradise?many wealthy citizens were known to have kept peacocks to roam about the flowers and trees of their gardens .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 26.68
Credit Line: Gift of Kirkor Minassian, 1926
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.26.68
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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