Wall mosaic with allegorical representation of Life and Easy Living - ROM2004_1115_3

ROM2004_1115_3

Wall mosaic with allegorical representation of Life and Easy Living

Medium:Limestone and glass tesserae
Geography: Attributed to Emesa, (modern Homs) Syria
Date: about 350-400 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
133 (height) cm x 97 cm (width at bottom)
Object number: 967.132
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionIn this detailed mosaic, an affluent couple is shown engaged in relaxed conversation on an elegant couch. The scene is given allegorical meaning by the Greek inscription tryphe - bios, which identifies the female figure as Tryphe, meaning soft and leisurely living. The male figure is Bios, meaning Life. The allegory implies that life should be accompanied by pleasurable living. The man is also shown holding a magic wheel in his right hand. This was a charm used to keep lovers together: its presence further emphasizes the idea that Life and Easy Living should be inseparable.
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