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The Conservation of the Orpheus Mosaic at Paphos, Cyprus
The Conservation of the Orpheus Mosaic at Paphos, Cyprus

Edited by Nicholas Stanley Price

Getty Conservation Institute
88 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
8 color and 58 b/w illustrations, 10 drawings
ISBN 978-0-89236-188-5
paper, Out of print  1991

"Lavish in technical detail and helpful illustration."


In 1984, archaeologists working in the ruins of a Roman villa excavated a remarkable floor mosaic depicting Orpheus and the Beasts. This publication chronicles the two-year project, undertaken jointly by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, to lift the mosaic (using an unusual "rolling" technique), supply it with a new aluminum and fiberglass support, and replace it in situ. Environmental monitoring and the installation of a protective shelter are also covered, along with historical and iconographic background. The clearly illustrated, step-by-step discussion of the procedures used in the conservation of this mosaic will be of interest to all conservators.

This book is out of print. Please check your local library and/or used bookstores.

Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: The Orpheus Mosaic