Section of a Marble Mosaic Bathhouse Floor

Date: 537/538

Culture: Byzantine

Medium: Marble, mosaic

Dimensions: Overall: 108 x 104in. (274.3 x 264.2cm)

Classification: Mosaics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.185


Bathhouses were sometimes built through the donations of private individuals as an act of civic munificence. Bathhouses in the Byzantine period featured extensive decoration, including marble, sculpture (sometimes ancient pieces), and floor mosaics, such as this one. Expensive decor emphasized the generosity of donors in beautifying a city’s landscape through the building of fine baths.