Medium: Marble, mosaic
Dimensions: Overall: 108 x 104in. (274.3 x 264.2cm)
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.