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Mosaic with Apollo

Late Roman, 3rd-4th century; mosaic; 144.8 × 94 cm (57 × 37 in.). BZ.1967.44.2a
Mosaic with Apollo

Apollo is depicted here as a hunter, wearing a laurel wreath on his head. Though most of the individual stones (tesserae) are stone, a few are made of glass, including some in his sandals, cloak, and crown, and in the ground. This fragment was once part of a floor mosaic excavated in Antioch, a prosperous ancient city in today’s Syria. Other examples from these excavations are found embedded throughout the museum and research library (see also Mosaic with Erotes Fishing).

  

Provenance

Excavated in Daphne-Harbiye, Antioch, Syria, House of the Red Pavement, Room 6, 1939 season. By partage to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (former acc. no. 1939.310). Gifted by the Fogg to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 1967.

  

Selected Bibliography

R. Stillwell, ed., The Excavations, 1937–1939, vol. 3 of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Princeton, 1941), 197, no. 144, plate 70, panel B.

G. Bühl, ed., Dumbarton Oaks: The Collections (Washington, DC, 2008), 30, plate on 31. 

Museum record

 

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