9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 37,500
USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
A ROMAN MARBLE MOSAIC PANEL
CIRCA 3RD-4TH CENTURY A.D.
Preserving fifteen dolphins in a one-directional sinusoid, each dolphin with a dorsal fin, flippers and flukes, their bodies black, white and gray, on a cream ground
84 in. (213.4 cm.) X 52 3/8 in. (133 cm.)
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For a similar example from El Djem (ancient Thysdrus) see no. 218 in Blanchard-Lemée, et al., Mosaics of Roman Africa, Floor Mosaics from Tunisia.
French Private Collection, 1990.
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