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Mosaic Fragment

Object Number:
MS4012
Current Location:
Rome Gallery
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
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.
Length:
205.5cm
Width:
134.5cm
Thickness:
32cm

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)
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Roman World (15 Mar 2003)
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The Classical World: Italy ( Jun 1958 - 1969)
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Bibliography:

[Article] White, Donald. 2003. Setting the Record Straight. The Contorted History of the Museum's Theseus Mosaic. Expedition. 45 (2) : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 38-41
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[Catalogue] 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. 102
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[Book] Bodel, John & Tracy, Stephen. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. 211-212. : Page/Fig./Plate: 212
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[Book] Foucher, Louis. 1958. Inventaire des Mosaiques.
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[Article] Edwards, G. R. 1958. "Italy and Rome". The University Museum Bulletin. 22 (2): 3-11.
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[Journal] Museum Journal 7(1).
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