Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A ROMAN MARBLE MOSAIC PANEL
CIRCA 4TH CENTURY A.D.
Composed of red, green, yellow and gray tesserae on a black ground with thin a thin cream and white edge, preserving a portion of the border from a larger composition, with facing heads, one at the center and one angled at each corner, the heads veiled, with foliate motifs below their chins, each separated by two pairs of large opposing trumpet-shaped blossoms, framed by sprays of vines, leaves and flowers
78 in. (198 cm.) long
Private Collection, Switzerland, 1961.
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For facing heads with foliate motifs on a black ground, compare the border of a mosaic from the Constantinian Villa at Antioch, no. 170 in Dunbabin, Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World.
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