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So-called Antioch Mosaic
second half of 2nd century

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: So-called Antioch Mosaic
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 150
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: second half of 2nd century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Mosaic
Dimensions: H. 7 ft. 5 in. (2.26 m)
Description: This rectangular panel, representing the entire decorated area of a floor, was found in 1937 in part of a Roman villa excavated at Daphne, a summer resort near the ancient city of Antioch (in southern Turkey). The central emblem contains the bust of a female figure, probably a generic personification of abundance and good living. The figure wears a garland of flowers around her head and another over her left shoulder. Surrounding the emblem is a geometric pattern of squares and lozenges set at various angles to give the impression of three-dimensional cubes. Antonine mosaics depart from the Hadrianic preference for small, fine tesserae; instead, they employ larger tesserae that result in fewer gradations and more expressionistic forms .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 38.11.12
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Late Antonine
AMICA ID: MMA_.38.11.12
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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