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Mosaic Fragment with Grazing Camel

A work made of stone in mortar.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stone in mortar.

Date:

5th century

Artist:

Byzantine; Eastern Mediterranean, probably Syria

About this artwork

This image of a grazing camel probably came from a larger composition with other animals that decorated the floor of a semipublic space within a private home, such as a reception or dining room. This animal is represented against a white ground decorated with florets. A bell hangs from the camel’s neck as it reaches toward an object, perhaps a vessel filled with water, at the lower right. The knobby contours of the camel’s body are accentuated by areas of shading in subtly modulated colors, including black, brown, brick red, and olive green.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Byzantine

Title

Mosaic Fragment with Grazing Camel

Place

Byzantine Empire (Object made in)

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301 CE–500 CE

Medium

Stone in mortar

Dimensions

143 × 166.5 × 6.5 cm (56 1/4 × 61 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer

Reference Number

1970.1065

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