Household Mosaic, Delos Island, Greece.
The island of Delos is a sacred island a short journey from Mykonos Island in the Cyclades Islands group and is part of Greece. It is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
Since 1873 the École Française d’Athènes (“French School of Athens”) has been excavating the island and found that a complex of buildings of which compares with those of Delphi and Olympia.
This mosiac is from the 3rd century BC and found in the elegant residential quarter inhabited by Roman bankers and Egyptian and Phoenician merchants. Their one- and two-story houses were typically built around a central courtyard, sometimes with columns on all sides. Floor mosaics of snakes, panthers, birds, dolphins, and Dionysus channeled rainwater into cisterns below.
Sold to an RB Member in matted print format after being featured in a group.