Mosaic is an ancient art of creating an image by putting together small tesserae stones through meticulous and labor intensive setting to form various patterns. The history of the mosaic goes back thousands of years ago. The earliest mosaics found at Gordium in Phrygia in Asia Minor have been dated to the 8th century BC. By the 4th century BC, the Macedonians raised the pebble technique to an art form and created complex beautiful large mosaics with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals. The mosaics in Pella and Vergina in Macedonia are the earliest mosaics found on European soil. According to Herodotus, Phrygians once lived in Macedonia and they may have been responsible for passing the art of mosaic to the Macedonians. Mosaic as a form of art spread thought the Macedonian Empire with the conquests of Alexander the Great. A specially manufactured pieces called “tesserae” made their appearance giving extra detail and range of color to the work. Using small tesserae, sometimes only a few millimeters in size, meant that mosaics could imitate paintings. Stunning mosaics have been discovered in Alexandria in Egypt, Antioch in Syria, Pergamon in Mysia, and even in Bactria (modern Afghanistan). Mosaics later spread to Italy when the Romans conquered Pella, Alexandria, Antioch, and Pergamon. The Romans decorated floors and walls of houses, temples and baths. Many stunning Roman mosaics have been discovered at Pompeii, perfectly preserved thanks to the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the 1st century AD. In the Byzantine Period, the mosaic reached new levels and we find not just floors and walls but also vaults and facades of temples and palaces decorated.
How would like to see these ancient masterpieces decorating the floors and walls of your residence just as they once decorated the houses, palaces, and temples of the Macedonians and Romans? Ancient Sculpture Gallery is giving you that unique opportunity to own any one of them in their exact dimensions, or dimensions of your choice. Here you will encounter the most famous Pella mosaics such as the Stag Hunt, the Lion Hunt, the Dionysus on Panther, the Abduction of Helen; the most famous Pompeii mosaics such as the Alexander Mosaic and the Sea Life mosaic; the most famous Byzantine mosaics found at Constantinople and Ravena; and other famous Hellenistic and Roman mosaics.
All our mosaics are handmade in the same techniques utilized by the ancient mosaicists more the 2000 years ago, with stunning detail and full attention to scale and proportion (see the photo gallery of our production of the Alexander Mosaic). Each mosaic is laid down on a mesh backing and can be installed easily on a wall or floor, both indoors and outdoors. You can decorate any wall with a mosaic image, hallways, floor centers of dining and living rooms, above the fireplace, in an archway, on table tops, pools, and baths due to mosaic’s ability to withstand water and humidity, unlike other forms of art. And because they are made from natural marbles, the colors won’t alter over time.
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