Mosaic Floor with Animals (7)

Object Details

Title:

Mosaic Floor with Animals (7)

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Places:

Antioch, Syria (present-day Antakya, Turkey) (Place created)
Baths of Apolausis, Toprak-en-Narlidja, near Antakya (ancient Antioch), Turkey (Place found)

Date:

about A.D. 400

Medium:

Stone tesserae

Object Number:

70.AH.96

Dimensions:

257.2 × 682.3 × 5.7 cm (101 1/4 × 268 5/8 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Elaborate patterns surround the central medallions of this mosaic, which depict birds pecking at foliage and a hare eating grapes. Four additional border pieces decorated with geometric designs (70.AH.96.2-.5) originally framed this panel of the mosaic. Excavated in 1938 just east of the ancient city of Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey), the mosaic decorated the floor of the entryway to the frigidarium (cold-water room) of a public bath. The building was also used as a place for gathering and entertainment. Although the bath was small in scale, its fine construction and lavish decoration attest to the wealth and taste of the prosperous landowners in the countryside surrounding Antioch.


 

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Provenance
1938

Found: Baths of Apolausis, Toprak-en-Narlidja, near Antakya (ancient Antioch), Turkey

1938

Department of Antiquities of Syria, excavated and then distributed to the Worcester Art Museum, 1938 - 1939.

1939 - 1970

Worcester Art Museum

1970

Peter Marks, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Bibliography

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Elderkin, George W. and Richard Stillwell, eds. Antioch-on-the-Orontes. 5 volumes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1934-1972), Vol. 3, p. 20, fig. 21, p. 182.

Vermeule, Cornelius, and Norman Neuerberg. Catalogue of the Ancient Art in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973), p. 55, no. 116, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed., Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 67.

Jones, Frances F. "Appendix. Mosaics from Antioch in other American Institutions," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 40, no. 2 (1981), p. 20, M143, A-E.

Cimok, Fatih, ed. Antioch Mosaics (Istanbul : A Turizm Yayinlari, 2000), p. 238.

Belis, Alexis. Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), no. 7, entry by Alexis Belis.