Mosaic head, detail

by Jennifer Patience September. 09, 2009 5384 views

The Bardo Museum in Tunis has one of the finest collections of Roman mosaics. Room after room is filled with large, almost intact, floor and wall decorations depicting Roman gods and mythologies, the seasons, social activities etc. It's almost too overwhelming to take it all in.

There are some pieces though, that at first you might overlook. Tiny details that add that something extra to the work.
This detail is taken from a mosaic depicting Theseus killing the minotaur. The head obviously isn't the minotaurs, nor is it Theseus', but it shows the head of one of the minotaur's unlucky victims.

It's basic in its construction, and almost seems a throwaway detail, but so fascinating in its simplicity.

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Jacki 11 years, 4 months ago

great detail and I like that you centered it in the shot.

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jennifer Goldsmith 11 years, 4 months ago

very interesting indeed, ty for sharing :)

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 11 years, 10 months ago

Thank you for the information. This is indeed fascinating - and I completely agree with you about this representation!

11 years, 10 months ago Edited