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The Hinton St Mary Mosaic

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1965,0409.1

  • Title (object)

    • The Hinton St Mary Mosaic
  • Description

    Mosaic; a continuous floor in two large panels, joined by an eleven foot opening; the smaller of the two rooms has three rectangular panels, the centre one depicting Bellerophon mounted on Pegasus spearing the Chimæra, the side panels show hunting scenes; the larger floor has a central roundel surrounded by four lunettes and four quarter-circles, in the centre is a human bust with a chi-rho monogram behind the head, the outer corners depict four male busts, winds or Evangelists, three of the lunettes depict hunting scenes, one shows a tree.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 28.4 feet
    • Width: 19.6 feet
    • Length: 8.6 millimetres
    • Width: 5.9 metres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        sacred monogram
      • Inscription Position

        central roundel
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Transliteration

        chi-rho
  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 44 bibliographic details
    • Neal & Cosh 2005 no. 172.1 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 141, fig. 112 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/od

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, Treasures of Heaven
    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’
    2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1965

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1965,0409.1

Mosaic; a continuous floor in two large panels, joined by an eleven inch opening; the smaller of the two rooms has three rectangular panels, the centre one depicting Bellerophon mounted on Pegasus spearing the Chimæra, the side panels show hunting scenes; the larger floor has a central roundel surrounded by four lunettes and four quarter-circles, in the centre is a human bust with a chi-rho monogram behind the head, the outer corners depict four male busts, winds or Evangelists, three of the lunettes depict hunting scenes, one shows a tree.

Mosaic; a continuous floor in two large panels, joined by an eleven inch opening; the smaller of the two rooms has three rectangular panels, the centre one depicting Bellerophon mounted on Pegasus spearing the Chimæra, the side panels show hunting scenes; the larger floor has a central roundel surrounded by four lunettes and four quarter-circles, in the centre is a human bust with a chi-rho monogram behind the head, the outer corners depict four male busts, winds or Evangelists, three of the lunettes depict hunting scenes, one shows a tree.

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