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Mosaic Floor with Animals (7)

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Mosaic Floor with Animals (7)






Antioch, Syria (present-day Antakya, Turkey) (Place Created)

Baths of Apolausis, vestibule to the frigidarium, Toprak-en-Narlidja, near Antakya (ancient Antioch), Turkey (Place Found)


about A.D. 400


Stone tesserae

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

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Object Description

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.



Found: Baths of Apolausis, vestibule to the frigidarium, Toprak-en-Narlidja, near Antakya (ancient Antioch), Turkey (first recorded in Levi 1947)


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

1939 - 1970

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, Massachusetts)


Peter Marks (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.


Levi, Doro. Antioch Mosaic Pavements (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1947), I, pp. 304-5; II, pls. LXVIIIb and CXXIa-b.

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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.

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