11 June 2003
A BYZANTINE MARBLE MOSAIC PANEL
Circa 6th-7th Century A.D.
Composed of red, green, yellow, black and white tesserae arranged in a geometric carpet-like motif of interlacing large and small circles, with rosettes at the center of each large circle, the outer edges of the large circles creating cruciform motifs in between
71½ in. (181.6 cm) X 39 1/8 in. (99.4 cm)
European Private Collection
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For a similar pattern serving as part of a much larger composition at Khirbet-el-Mafjar, Jordan, see no. 220 in Dunbabin, Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World.
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