Floor mosaic with the Fountain of Life - ROM2011_11878_9

ROM2011_11878_9

Floor mosaic with the Fountain of Life

Medium:Limestone tesserae
Geography: Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Syria
Date: c. 500-600 AD
Period: Early Byzantine period
Dimensions:
111 x 102 x 6.5 cm
Object number: 983.219.2
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Elie Borowski
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionThe Romans at first favoured austerity and rejected any type of luxury, but they soon acquired a taste for extravagant living. Many of the objects in this gallery of Rome and the Near East reflect the Roman penchant for conspicuous and costly personal and domestic ornamentation -- in particular the floor mosaic seen here.
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