The Louvre, Paris, France
Last year a good friend of mine visited Italy with her man. When I heard she was going I said I would forgive her for not taking me along if she sent me photos of mosaics.
These mosaics are found at Ostia Antica. They were the floors of the bath houses. The town Ostia Antica was buried by flooding and soot settlement of the Tiber River. It was a major harbour city for Rome, almost 75,000 people had lived here at one time. It has more of a real life look at the people of Roman times than Pompeii. Pompeii was the ‘resort town’ with vast richness. Ostia was a working town – and less crowded with tourists.
Looking at Wikipedia, Ostia Antica was an important military town as the mouth of the Tiber was a potential gateway to Rome itself. It was founded by Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome.
Fragment of a floor mosaic with a personification of Ktisis
Marble and glass tesserae
Byzantine, ca. 500-550 A.D.The bejeweled woman is identified by the restored inscription as Ktisis. The man with a cornucopia has the inscription “good” by his head (half of a text that probably said “good wishes”). The fragment, laid in marble and glass tesserae, typifies the exceptional mosaics throughout the Byzantine world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art