Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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
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.
Excavated by the Expedition of the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch and its Vicinity, Princeton, 1937-1939, from Antioch, Roman Syria (now Antakya, Turkey)
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