Roman mosaic niche 50-70 CE

 

Roman mosaic niche, from a Roman villa in Baiae, Italy

Dated 50-70 CE, displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK. Set using glass and other materials including Egyptian blue, marble and other types of stone it is bordered with shells. It is thought this may have held a statue. Please be aware that I have increased the contrast on these photos to make the colours clearer. Really, really difficult to photograph due to the focus being disrupted by the curvature. This is the third attempt! For more information go to the museum site here, http://bit.ly/2pkLpma

Mosaic niche, from a Roman villa at Baie. The full view of the niche.
Mosaic niche, from a Roman villa at Baie. The vault section showing the blue and red glass tesserae.
Mosaic niche, from a Roman villa at Baie. You can see the combination of the shells alongside the glass and stone tesserae.
Mosaic niche, from a Roman villa at Baie. View from the right side of the niche showing the peacock. This is thought to be used as a status symbol signifying the wealth of the client.