Roman city dig: Mosaic motifs, by Rachel KlaebePresentation Transcript
MOSAIC MOTIFS By Rachel Klaebe Menorca, Session 7, 2012
Mosaics Existed since 3rd Millennium BC Art of creating images Buildings Tesserae – imitate paintings Simplistic to detailed Roman motifs – themes celebrating their gods, domestic themes and geometric designs.
Byzantine Empire Motifs Specialised in covering walls and ceilings Smalti – special glass tesserae Motifs included: Animals – symbolic. Emperor Religious images
Es Fornàsde Torrelló, Mahon 6th Century A.D. Nave mosaic still visible today
Isla del Rei, Basilica
Son Bou 5th – 6th Century AD Roman Basilica Only the basic foundations remain.
Basilica at Sanisera? Currently excavating 5th – 6th Century A.D. Mainly lower foundation walls Tesserae found? – No What does this mean? Economy – fresco Rural – 2 located near each other Position – landmark.