This amazing Roman mosaic floor from the ancient city of Zeugma, Turkey can be viewed at the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the largest mosaic museum in the world. From the above image we have an idea of its size.
From the image below on Zeugma Mosiac’s flickr site, we see a full-on view of the design.
Much has been written and can be found about the excavation and these amazing mosaics. For the purposes of this post, however, I’d like to focus on the art of it.
These mosaics were created over 2,000 years ago. The intricacies and craftsmanship of this particular piece is astounding and boggles my mind both for its size and its details.
I love the 3D look of it…that by using varying shades of color, these artisans created shadows and depth. I also appreciate how two different patterns (braided/somewhat-angular and wavy/curved) are used over the same-shaped paths, creating this intertwining, overlapping effect that keeps the eye moving around and around the design. For me, it’s quite an inspiring piece.
If you have the opportunity, read the history of this archeological treasure and its excavation…it’s quite a compelling and sad story. You may also find this site to be helpful as well: whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5726/