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Pattern or geometry?

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'What's the pattern?' Then ask, 'What's the geometry?' Two distinct things in a Roman geometric mosaic. There are individual elements here, the Solomon's knot motifs, the circles of double strand guilloche, the pelta. These are the patterns. Then you have the geometry, squares, circles. You need to understand how the geometry is used to create the patterns but it is the pattern that creates the mosaic.

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Roman Mosaic - Pastoral Scene - 3rd May

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