Floor mosaic Artemis and her bow - ROM2004_1017_19


Floor mosaic Artemis and her bow

Medium:Limestone tesserae
Geography: Eastern Mediterranean, probably Syria region
Date: about 400-500 AD
Period: Early Byzantine period
152 x 77 cm
Object number: 994.220.181
Credit Line: Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionImages from Classical Mythology remained popular in Byzantine art even though Christianity was the official religion. This splendid mosaic of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, is one of the many versions of a famous Greek statue of her made in the 4th century BC. The talented mosaicist employed a subtle range of coloured tesserae (stones) to achieve the desired effect. Note the graded use of light, medium and dark brown tesserae in Artemis’ flesh, to suggest volume. Also, dark lines and patches of highlights, in contrast, indicate folds in her chiton.
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