• 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunters from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunter from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of horses from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a mythical Griffin from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a mythical Griffin from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man with an amphora from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman lion mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunters from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of deer from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of goats from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man thinking, possibly a philospher, from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a race from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman hare hunt mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of an Eagle catching a snake from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman hare hunt mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics , c. 561 AD, in the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, depicting  the Three Magi, moving from the city of Classe towards the group of the Madonna and Child surrounded by four angels. Ravenna Italy, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics , c. 561 AD, in the Basilica of Sant Apollinare Nuovo, depicting 22 Virgins led by the Three Magi, moving from the city of Classe towards the group of the Madonna and Child surrounded by four angels. Ravenna Italy, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics , c. 561 AD, in the Basilica of Sant Apollinare Nuovo, depicting 22 Virgins led by the Three Magi, moving from the city of Classe towards the group of the Madonna and Child surrounded by four angels. Ravenna Italy, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the ceiling of the Apse of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Apse of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics , c. 561 AD, in the Basilica of Sant Apollinare Nuovo, depicting  the Three Magi, moving from the city of Classe towards the group of the Madonna and Child surrounded by four angels. Ravenna Italy, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Mosaic panel depicting The sacrifice of Isaac.  Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mosaic panel depicting The sacrifice of Isaac.  Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mosaic depicting Empress Theodora and attendants. Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mosaic panel depicting The sacrifice of Isaac.  Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mosaic depicting Abel making sacrifice. Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Apse mosaic depicting a clean shaven Christ, Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mosaic depicting Emperor Justinian I. Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Medieval ivory relief panel from a diptych depicting a triumphant Byzantine Roman Emperor, probably Justinian. From Constantinople, 6th century. Inv. OA 9063, The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Mosaic depicting Emperor Justinian I. Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaic decoration paid for by Emperor Justinian I in 547. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Medieval Christian ivory diptych depicting the Nativity, the crucifixion and the Profits. Thirteenth century probably from Byzantine Roman Constantinople, present day Istanbul. Inv. OA 12442, The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman Byzantine floor Mosaics of the early Christian Church of St. Christopher, Qabar Hiram, Lebanon, AD 575. Louvre Museum Paris inv 2230-2235
  • Roman mosaic of a Church with Towers, Eastern Mediterranean, 5th century AD. The church has three naves and is represented in a 'flattened Perspective’ as can be seen by the facade and along sides forming a straight continuous line. The mosaic shows the architecture of early Roman Chriatian Basilicas. Inv 3676, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Eastern Mediterranean Roman mosaics of Animals, late 5th - 6th century. Marble cubes, and limestone. Three animals are in the race, a dog, a lion and a pheasant. They belonged perhaps to a hunting scene which was a popular floor decoration in houses or they may illustrate the biblical theme of 'Peace of animals', found on the floors of the churches of the Eastern Roman provinces. inv 3672, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Birds around a  Daphne vase. 1st to 3rd century SD Roman Mosaic from Antioche, Turkey. Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Geometric Roman mosaics, Eastern Mediterranean, 4th century AD. The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an Amazon on horseback fighting, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 4th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The mosaic depicts the legendary woman warriors known as the Amazons, who fought with one breast showing, fighting a soldier with armour. inv 3463, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of the inside of a church, Eastern Mediterranean, 5th century AD. This abstract representation of a church choir shows two columns, a low lattice  divider and a pair of oriental designed curtains at the top. beyond is the inner sanctum of the church with a Mandorla surrounded by flames with a cross in it. In the foreground is a a hare and devouring a bunch of grapes next to Greek letter that translate to 'Christ rescues'. Inv 5093, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Hebrew, possibly from North Syria 5th-6th century AD J-C. dressed in Oriental clothing, that young man is identified by writing in Syriac has the right to his head: it tells of three Hebrews miraculously surviving after being thrown into a fire for refusing to worship the image of Nebuchadnezzar. This is biblical episode is from the Book Daniel (3 1-30), and is commonly illustrated in the East as in the West. Inv 3671, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an Amazon on horseback fighting, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 4th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The mosaic depicts the legendary woman warriors known as the Amazons, who fought with one breast showing, fighting a soldier with armour. inv 3463, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Phoenix, From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 6th century AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. The phoenix is a mythical bird associated with the sun. A phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.In the mosaic it is perched rock above a background of rose buds and is bordered by a pair of facing rams. inv 3342, restored in 1936 by the Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an early Christian church floor from Qabr Hiram, Lebanon, 575 AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. This mosaic was designed to follow the layout of the church which had three naves. It depicts God through images of his creation: rural activities, fruit, animals with representations of the months, seasons and winds. The inscription indicates that the basilica was dedicated to St. Christopher and was built in 575 AD.. Inv 32230-2236, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an early Christian church floor from Qabr Hiram, Lebanon, 575 AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. This mosaic was designed to follow the layout of the church which had three naves. It depicts God through images of his creation: rural activities, fruit, animals with representations of the months, seasons and winds. The inscription indicates that the basilica was dedicated to St. Christopher and was built in 575 AD.. Inv 32230-2236, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an early Christian church floor from Qabr Hiram, Lebanon, 575 AD. Marble blocks and glass paste cubes. This mosaic was designed to follow the layout of the church which had three naves. It depicts God through images of his creation: rural activities, fruit, animals with representations of the months, seasons and winds. The inscription indicates that the basilica was dedicated to St. Christopher and was built in 575 AD.. Inv 32230-2236, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of an early Christian Basilica from the Eastern Mediterranean, late 5th century AD. Marble blocks, limestone, sandstone and terracotta. The church has three naves and is represented in a 'flattened Perspective’ as can be seen by the facade and along sides forming a straight continuous line. The side wall is deliberately open to make the interior visible . Inv 3677, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of a Young boy playing with snakes, possibly an early Christian mosaic. Syria or Lebanon, 5th century AD. Cubes of marble and limestone. Dressed in a long tunic, the child playing with two snakes could be illustrating a passage from the Book of Isai (11.6 to 8). This fragmented mosaic panel once continued in upper part, as indicated by the animal hoofs, and to the right of the mosaic are remains of a Greek inscription. inv 5094. Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Birds around a  vase From Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, Antakya, Turkey, 1st half of 3rd century AD. Marble cubes, limestone and glass. A border of geometric perspective cubes surround a scene with one bird sitting on the vase of Daphne whilst the other surround it. The naturalistic skill of the Roman Antioch mosaic artists is so good that it is possible to tell the species of each bird. inv 3461, Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Roman mosaic of two Gazelles facing inwards either side of a vase, Eastern Mediterranean, the beginning of the 6th century AD. The mosaic design is typical of  church  floors in front of the choir. The choice of gazelles is rare though and indicates a local flavour to the content. Inv 3673, The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Byzantine mosaics at the Palatine Chapel ( Capella Palatina ) Norman Palace Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Christ above the Alter.
  • Byzantine mosaics at the Palatine Chapel ( Capella Palatina ) Norman Palace Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Christ above the Alter.
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel. Christ is depicted saving Adam and Eve by reurecting them from their sarcophagi. Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and the fresco in the dome of the parecclesion of the Virgin Mary and twelve angels .Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • 11th Century Byzantine mosaic of  Emperor Constantine IX Monmachus making an offering of money . Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, in which the Virgin Mary & John The Baptist,  both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel. Christ is depicted saving Adam and Eve by reurecting them from their sarcophagi. Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and a fresco of the Virgin Mary and Jesus in the parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the Khalke Jesus so called because it was inspired by and icon from the Khalke Palace.  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Christ Pantocrator over the door leading to the second narex. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the death of the Virgin Mary (panel 50-a). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel. Christ is depicted saving Adam and Eve by reurecting them from their sarcophagi. Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Saint George. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Anne and Joachim caressing the little child Mary.  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaics endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel. Christ is depicted saving  Eve by reurecting them from their sarcophagi. Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the Virgin Mary praying. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Satan trying to deceive Jesus (panel D-8). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Theodore Metochites presenting a model of the Chora church to Christ (panel I-48). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the procession of the Virgins. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the procession of the Virgins. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the miracle of Christ turning water into wine.  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the presentation of the Virgin Mary as a child to the Temple. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic in the inner narthex domw of  Mary holding Juseus surrouned by 15 Kings of the Old testiment. The letters "MP" and "OV" either side of Mary mean "Mother of God". Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Joseph and Mary and the enrollment for the census for taxation (panelA-2). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the giving of the verdant stick with shoots that indicated joseph as Mary's fiance (panel H-43).  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the Three Kings (Magi) in audience with King Herod (panel D-14).  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Saint George. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of an angel breaking the Good news to Mary of he forthcoming Virgin Birth (panel G-39).  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Christ Pantocrator over the door leading to the second narex. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Christ Pantocrator over the door leading to the second narex. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and a fresco of a saint in parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel. Christ is depicted saving Adam and Eve by reurecting them from their sarcophagi. Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of Jesus Christ in the parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and a fresco of an angel in the parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its Anastasis fresco of the parecclesion chapel Endowed between 1315-1321 by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist  Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum  Istanbul
  • Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin and Child was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I.  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin and Child was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I.  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin and Child was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I.  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 12th Century Byzantine mosaic of  The Madonna & Child,  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 12th Century Byzantine mosaic of  Empress Irene  (Eirene) making an offering as symbolised by the scroll. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 11th Century Byzantine mosaic of Christ Pantocrator with (left) Emperor Constantine IX Monmachus making an offering of money and (right) Empress Zoe. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, in which John The Virgin Mary shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, in which John The Baptist,  both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, detail of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, detail of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, detail of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, detail of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Mosaics of the Virgin Mary and Child above the altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a basilica church on the island of Torcello, Venice, northern Italy. It is a notable example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture, one of the most ancient religious edifices in the Veneto.
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the presentation of the Virgin Mary as a child to the Temple. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Joseph. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the miracle of Christ turning water into wine.  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Michael Palialogos VIII. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Satan trying to deceive Jesus (panel D-8). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Joseph and Mary and the enrollment for the census for taxation (panel A-2). Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of Christ Pantocrator over the door leading to the second narex. Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul
  • Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin and Child was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I.  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Mosaic of an Angel, Hagia, Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Mosaic of an Angel, Hagia, Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, in which John The Virgin Mary shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Byzantine Deësis ( Entreaty) mosaic , 1261, detail of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day.   Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • A tiger hunting from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A tiger hunting from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish eating a serpant from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A bird from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A lion hunting from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A bird from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • A lion hunting from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Hunting scene with a hare and dog from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Hunting scene with a hare and dog from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • African animals and fish from the 3rd century Roman mosaic villa floor from Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Roman floor mosaic of Lod is the largest and best preserved mosaic floor from the levant region along the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is unclear whether the owners were Jewish, Christian or pagan but either way they would have been wealthy to own such a magnificent floor. The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre, Lod, Israel.
  • Early seventh Century Christian Roman Byzantine commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • Early seventh Century Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine  commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • Worker with a column on a horse cart, a detail from an early seventh Century Christian Roman Byzantine commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia, The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • Early seventh Century Christian Roman Byzantine commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • Early seventh Century Christian Roman Byzantine commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.   Against a grey background.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • Early seventh Century Christian Roman Byzantine commemoration mosaic from the baptistery of a rural church in Wadi Arremal, present day Zaghouan Region of Tunisia. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.<br />
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The mosaic shows workers construction the early christian church the mosaic commemorates. The mosaic can be regarded as being late Roman of early Byzantine Roman as the area came under the rule of Constantinople during this period
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic of Matziceus, a Libyan, with the inscription reading: ‘the faithful Matziceus lived in peace for 42 years, rested (died) on the fifteenth of the calends of June’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with vines which grow out of a cantharus, a Greek style drinking cup, which represents the fountain of life.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the Parish church of Demna, left AisleBardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. White background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. White background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic of Matziceus, a Libyan, with the inscription reading: ‘the faithful Matziceus lived in peace for 42 years, rested (died) on the fifteenth of the calends of June’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with vines which grow out of a cantharus, a Greek style drinking cup, which represents the fountain of life.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the Parish church of Demna, left AisleBardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Grey background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic of Matziceus, a Libyan, with the inscription reading: ‘the faithful Matziceus lived in peace for 42 years, rested (died) on the fifteenth of the calends of June’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with vines which grow out of a cantharus, a Greek style drinking cup, which represents the fountain of life.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the Parish church of Demna, left AisleBardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Grey background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic for Natalica the inscription reading: ‘(our) beloved daughter Natalica lived 10 years 8 months 21 days, rested the 8th Ides of October (23rd) ’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with a crescent laurel leaves against a black background and a cross encircling the head of a depiction of Natalica. She is wearing earnings and is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, which is decorated with black clavi, stripes, and embroidered sleeves. A belt and buckle with cabochons, shaped and polished gem stones, hold the tunic tight at the waste.  Either side of t Natalica are two lit candles, the symbols of eternity.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the funerary enclosure which is in the Northwest enclosure of the Acholla site, Tunisia. Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • The Christian memorial funerary mosaic of Matziceus, a Libyan, with the inscription reading: ‘the faithful Matziceus lived in peace for 42 years, rested (died) on the fifteenth of the calends of June’.<br />
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The panel is decorated with vines which grow out of a cantharus, a Greek style drinking cup, which represents the fountain of life.<br />
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5th century Eastern Byzantine Roman mosaic from the Parish church of Demna, left AisleBardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man with an amphora from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman hare hunt mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a mythical Griffin from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman lion mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man thinking, possibly a philospher, from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a mythical Griffin from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a race from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman hare hunt mosaics from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunters from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunters from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a hunter from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of an Eagle catching a snake from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of a man from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of horses from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of deer from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of goats from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Eastern Roman Byzantine walk in baptismal font from the 6th century AD Parish Church of Demna near Kalibia, Cape Bon, Tunisia. <br />
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The baptismal font was removed from the church and restored in the Bardo Museum Tunis in 1955. <br />
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The mosaic iconographic decorations represent the salvation of the neophyte, newcomer, who by being baptised is admitted into the Church of Christ whilst being illuminated by faith, represented the mosaic lit candle illustrations.<br />
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The P with a cross through it is the Chi Rho, a Christian symbol which represent the first two letters of Jesus Christ's name in Greek. The Christogram also has the Greek letters Alpha and Omega which represent the passage from the book of revelations: “I am the Alpha and Omega" Chapter 1 verse 8, which is clarified by "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). <br />
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In these type of baptismal fonts those being baptised would have been fully immersed in water as John the Baptist immersed Jesus. <br />
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The font was paid for by donation by Iuliana and Aquinius who dedicated the font to St Cyprian, the martyed Bishop of Carthage, circa 258,  and the author of a treatise on baptism rites<br />
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The Bardo Museum Tunis
  • Eastern Roman Byzantine walk in baptismal font from the 6th century AD Parish Church of Demna near Kalibia, Cape Bon, Tunisia. <br />
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The baptismal font was removed from the church and restored in the Bardo Museum Tunis in 1955. <br />
<br />
The mosaic iconographic decorations represent the salvation of the neophyte, newcomer, who by being baptised is admitted into the Church of Christ whilst being illuminated by faith, represented the mosaic lit candle illustrations.<br />
<br />
The P with a cross through it is the Chi Rho, a Christian symbol which represent the first two letters of Jesus Christ's name in Greek. The Christogram also has the Greek letters Alpha and Omega which represent the passage from the book of revelations: “I am the Alpha and Omega" Chapter 1 verse 8, which is clarified by "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). <br />
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In these type of baptismal fonts those being baptised would have been fully immersed in water as John the Baptist immersed Jesus. <br />
<br />
The font was paid for by donation by Iuliana and Aquinius who dedicated the font to St Cyprian, the martyed Bishop of Carthage, circa 258,  and the author of a treatise on baptism rites<br />
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The Bardo Museum Tunis
  • Eastern Roman Byzantine walk in baptismal font from the 6th century AD Parish Church of Demna near Kalibia, Cape Bon, Tunisia. <br />
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The baptismal font was removed from the church and restored in the Bardo Museum Tunis in 1955. <br />
<br />
The mosaic iconographic decorations represent the salvation of the neophyte, newcomer, who by being baptised is admitted into the Church of Christ whilst being illuminated by faith, represented the mosaic lit candle illustrations.<br />
<br />
The P with a cross through it is the Chi Rho, a Christian symbol which represent the first two letters of Jesus Christ's name in Greek. The Christogram also has the Greek letters Alpha and Omega which represent the passage from the book of revelations: “I am the Alpha and Omega" Chapter 1 verse 8, which is clarified by "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). <br />
<br />
In these type of baptismal fonts those being baptised would have been fully immersed in water as John the Baptist immersed Jesus. <br />
<br />
The font was paid for by donation by Iuliana and Aquinius who dedicated the font to St Cyprian, the martyed Bishop of Carthage, circa 258,  and the author of a treatise on baptism rites<br />
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The Bardo Museum Tunis
  • Medieval Christian ivory diptych depicting the Nativity, the crucifixion and the Profits. Thirteenth century probably from Byzantine Roman Constantinople, present day Istanbul. Inv. OA 12442, The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Eastern Roman Byzantine walk in baptismal font from the 6th century AD Parish Church of Demna near Kalibia, Cape Bon, Tunisia. <br />
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The baptismal font was removed from the church and restored in the Bardo Museum Tunis in 1955. <br />
<br />
The mosaic iconographic decorations represent the salvation of the neophyte, newcomer, who by being baptised is admitted into the Church of Christ whilst being illuminated by faith, represented the mosaic lit candle illustrations.<br />
<br />
The P with a cross through it is the Chi Rho, a Christian symbol which represent the first two letters of Jesus Christ's name in Greek. The Christogram also has the Greek letters Alpha and Omega which represent the passage from the book of revelations: “I am the Alpha and Omega" Chapter 1 verse 8, which is clarified by "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). <br />
<br />
In these type of baptismal fonts those being baptised would have been fully immersed in water as John the Baptist immersed Jesus. <br />
<br />
The font was paid for by donation by Iuliana and Aquinius who dedicated the font to St Cyprian, the martyed Bishop of Carthage, circa 258,  and the author of a treatise on baptism rites<br />
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The Bardo Museum Tunis
  • Medieval ivory relief panel from a diptych depicting a triumphant Byzantine Roman Emperor, probably Justinian. From Constantinople, 6th century. Inv. OA 9063, The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Ceiling of The Arian Baptistry in Ravenna built by Theoderic the Great in the late 5th century AD, depicting an unshaven Christ being baptised by John the Baptist, Ravenna, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ceiling of The Arian Baptistry in Ravenna built by Theoderic the Great in the late 5th century AD, depicting an unshaven Christ being baptised by John the Baptist, Ravenna, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of an un-named man described as gentle and depicted with a bushel used to measure grain from the public grain warehouse. On its side is teh Chi Rho symbols used by early Christians to represent Christ.  Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Crescentia. <br />
Above the funerary portrait of Crescentia are the words: ‘Crescentia, innocent and in Peace’. Crescentia is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, with a belt around the waiste and a neclace around her neck. Lit candles represent eternal life. 5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Grey background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Crescentia. <br />
Above the funerary portrait of Crescentia are the words: ‘Crescentia, innocent and in Peace’. Crescentia is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, with a belt around the waiste and a neclace around her neck. Lit candles represent eternal life. 5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • Sixth century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian walk in Baptismal font made from marble. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of a father and daughter, the father is sitting at a bankers desk. Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis.
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of a father and daughter, the father is sitting at a bankers desk. Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis. Grey background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Felicitas and Victoria. <br />
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A mosaic depiction of a female decorates the grave of  Felicitas and Victoria which bears their inscription and that they departed in peace. Lit candles representing eturnal life and birds are also depicted on the funerary panel.<br />
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5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Felicitas and Victoria. <br />
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A mosaic depiction of a female decorates the grave of  Felicitas and Victoria which bears their inscription and that they departed in peace. Lit candles representing eturnal life and birds are also depicted on the funerary panel.<br />
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5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Sixth century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian walk in Baptismal font made from marble. The Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of a father and daughter, the father is sitting at a bankers desk. Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis. Black background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of an un-named man described as gentle and depicted with a bushel used to measure grain from the public grain warehouse. On its side is teh Chi Rho symbols used by early Christians to represent Christ.  Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of an un-named man described as gentle and depicted with a bushel used to measure grain from the public grain warehouse. On its side is teh Chi Rho symbols used by early Christians to represent Christ.  Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of an un-named man described as gentle and depicted with a bushel used to measure grain from the public grain warehouse. On its side is teh Chi Rho symbols used by early Christians to represent Christ.  Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Felicitas and Victoria. <br />
<br />
A mosaic depiction of a female decorates the grave of  Felicitas and Victoria which bears their inscription and that they departed in peace. Lit candles representing eturnal life and birds are also depicted on the funerary panel.<br />
<br />
5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. White background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Felicitas and Victoria. <br />
<br />
A mosaic depiction of a female decorates the grave of  Felicitas and Victoria which bears their inscription and that they departed in peace. Lit candles representing eturnal life and birds are also depicted on the funerary panel.<br />
<br />
5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Black background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Crescentia. <br />
Above the funerary portrait of Crescentia are the words: ‘Crescentia, innocent and in Peace’. Crescentia is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, with a belt around the waiste and a neclace around her neck. Lit candles represent eternal life. 5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic for Crescentia. <br />
Above the funerary portrait of Crescentia are the words: ‘Crescentia, innocent and in Peace’. Crescentia is dressed in a dalmatic, a long wide-sleeved tunic, with a belt around the waiste and a neclace around her neck. Lit candles represent eternal life. 5th century AD from the western necropolis of Thabraca, Tabarka, Tunisia, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. White background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of a father and daughter, the father is sitting at a bankers desk. Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis. White background
  • The Christian Eastern Roman Byzantine memorial funerary mosaic of an un-named man described as gentle and depicted with a bushel used to measure grain from the public grain warehouse. On its side is teh Chi Rho symbols used by early Christians to represent Christ.  Thabarca, Tabarks, 5th Century AD, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia. Grey background
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Adam & Eve with a serpent wrapped around a tree between them - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting two Peacocks - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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The patterns of peacock tails contain round decorations. These were seen to be the symbolic eyes of omnipotence and often ascribed to the Archangel Michael. The peacock’s feather is sometimes associated with St. Barbara Also, The peacock, (due to an ancient myth that Peacock flesh did not decay), is seen as a symbol of immortality.<br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ changing Water into wine - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ changing Water into wine - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Abraham about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice<br />
  - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.   Against a grey background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting a stag - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
The stag is a traditional Christian symbol for Christ, Who tramples and destroys the Devil. In the Medieval bestiaries the stag as an enemy of snakes. It was believed that stags was believed to chase snakes into their holes or rock crevices, driving them out by flooding the hole with the breath or water from its mouth, and eating them. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.
  • Detail of a 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • Detail of a 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ changing Water into wine - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Christ - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Abraham about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice<br />
  - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a black background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Abraham about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice<br />
  - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
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These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
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The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.   Against a grey background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Abraham about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice<br />
  - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Abraham about to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice<br />
  - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia. Against a grey art background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Adam & Eve with a serpent wrapped around a tree between them - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.  Against a white background.
  • 6th-7th Century Eastern Roman Byzantine  Christian Terracotta tiles depicting Adam & Eve with a serpent wrapped around a tree between them - Produced in Byzacena -  present day Tunisia. <br />
<br />
These early Christian terracotta tiles were mass produced thanks to moulds. Their quadrangular, square or rectangular shape as well as the standardised sizes in use in the different regions were determined by their architectonic function and were designed to facilitate their assembly according to various combinations to decorate large flat surfaces of walls or ceilings. <br />
<br />
Byzacena stood out for its use of biblical and hagiographic themes and a richer variety of animals, birds and roses. Some deer and lions were obviously inspired from Zeugitana prototypes attesting to the pre-existence of this province's production with respect to that of Byzacena. The rules governing this art are similar to those that applied to late Roman and Christian art with, in the case of Byzacena, an obvious popular connotation. Its distinguishing features are flatness, a predilection for symmetrical compositions, frontal and lateral representations, the absence of tridimensional attitudes and the naivety of some details (large eyes, pointed chins). Mass production enabled this type of decoration to be widely used at little cost and it played a role as ideograms and for teaching catechism through pictures. Painting, now often faded, enhanced motifs in relief or enriched them with additional details to break their repetitive monotony.<br />
<br />
The Bardo National Museum Tunis, Tunisia.   Against a grey background.

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