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Object Number: MS4012
Current Location: Rome Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Tunisia
Zeugitana
Carthage
Date Made: 200-250 AD
Early Date: 200
Late Date: 250
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Stone
Technique:Tessera
Iconography:Theseus
Boat
Latin Inscription
Height: 32cm
Length: 205.5cm
Width: 134.5cm
Thickness: 32cm

Description

Opus ermiculatum. Boat scene with repeated inscription -Vinclusus- [may refer to owner of the house or an abbreviation for "Vinctor Lusus": winner of the game]. Depicts Theseus escaping King Minos' labyrinth on Crete. Colors: rusty red, mustard yellow, putty gray, black and white. Tesserae: in inset (boat-scene): 0.04 to 0.07cm, in background: 0.09 to 0.15cm. Floret square (including border): 0.20 to 0.205m. Letter height: 0.10 to 0.105m. Guilloche band W: 0.135 to 0.14m. Inset H: 0.545 to 0.56m (including black border). Edges are now hidden in a wooden box-like border which might accommodate 1 to 2cm beyond what is seen.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)View Objects in Exhibition
The Classical World: Italy ( Jun 1958 - 1969)View Objects in Exhibition
Roman World (15 Mar 2003)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 86View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] White, Donald. 2003. Setting the Record Straight. The Contorted History of the Museum's Theseus Mosaic. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 45 (2) : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 38-41View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] White, Donald, et al. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 69, no. 102View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Bodel, John & Tracy, Stephen. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. 211-212. : Page/Fig./Plate: 212View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Foucher, Louis. 1958. Inventaire des Mosaiques.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Edwards, G. Roger. 1958. "Italy and Rome". The University Museum Bulletin. 22 (2): 3-11.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Journal] Museum Journal 7(1).View Objects cited in this Publication

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