Section of a Marble Mosaic Bathhouse Floor


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

This elegantly simple floral carpet belonged to a floor identified by a Greek inscription as part of the restoration in 537/38 of a public bath, probably occasioned by the great earthquake of 526. Antioch was a major administrative, commercial, and military center for the Empire, as well as a leading administrative center for the Christian church.

Section of a Marble Mosaic Bathhouse Floor, Marble, mosaic, Byzantine

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