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mosaic pavement

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  • Description

    Mosaic pavement; stone; one of seven sections of a large pavement, whose hunting scenes formed the principal motif of a mosaic; horseman in front of a villa; in grey, black, white, bistre, red, pink, brown, blue and buff colours; large tree picked out in grey-green and dark blue; field has plants with red flowers.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC(late)-6thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.69 metres
    • Length: 2.45 metres
  • Curator's comments


    D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 55a;

    J. Freed, Bringing Carthage Home. The Excavations of Nathan Davis 1856-1859, Oxford, 184-6, pls. 8-9.
    Exhibition catalogue, Das Konigreich der Vandalen (Badisches Landesmuseums, Karlsruhe 2009), Kat. 156, p. 237

    In set with 1967,0405.15-17 In set with 1967,0405.19-21


  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 55a bibliographic details
    • Mosaic 57d bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    2009 24 Oct-2010 21 Feb, Germany, Karlsruhe, Badisches Landesmuseum, Heirs of the Empire in North Africa - The Kingdom of the Vandals
    2001 26 May-03 Sep, Sweden, Vänarmo, Vandalorum Museum, The True Story of the Vandals

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated at Bordj-Djedid in 1857.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1860,1002.132 (? (G&R))


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