Marine mosaic (side panel with geometric design, one of three panels from a floor)
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Findspot: Turkey, Hatay (formerly province of Syria), Seleucia Pieria (port city of Antioch)
Overall: 204.5 x 289.6 cm (80 1/2 x 114 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mosaic (stone and glass tesserae)
Antioch Mosaic Gallery (Gallery 214A)
Panel A: Labeling panels A,B,C follows the orientation of the mosaic in situ from east to west; primary entrance into room is on the east side.
One of two side panels with a design of black and red diamonds against a white ground.
Found in the House of the Drinking Contest, Seleucia Pieria (port city of Antioch, modern day Samandag); excavated in 1937-39 by the Princeton University Expedition; by 1940: shipped to Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20007-2961 (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection, D.O. 40.65a-c); acquired by the MFA from Dumbarton Oaks, June 26, 2002
Museum purchase and conservation with funds donated by George D. and Margo Behrakis, The Getty Foundation, Jane's Trust, John F. Cogan, Jr. and Mary L. Cornille, Daphne and George Hatsopoulos, the Estate of Dr. Harold Amos, Peter and Widgie Aldrich, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Mary B. Comstock, The Hellenic Women's Club, Inc., an anonymous donor, Katherine R. Kirk, Peter Vlachos, Mrs. James Evans Ladd, Irene and Grier Merwin, Suzanne R. Dworsky, Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Faulkner, Francis J. Jackson and Nancy M. McMahon, Meg Holmes Robbins, Otis Norcross Fund, Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Charles Amos Cummings Fund, and by exchange from the John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund, Henry Lillie Pierce Fund, Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation, Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Gift of a "class of young ladies," Museum purchase by contribution, Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson, General Funds, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wales, Gift of Paul E. Manheim, Bequest of Mrs. May Sheppard Jordan, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson, Francis Bartlett Donation, Gift of James Howe Proctor, Gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes, Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton, Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Gift of an anonymous donor, Gift of Francis Amory, Gift of J. J. Dixwell, Gift of Edward Austin, Gift of Edward Robinson, Gift of Horace L. Mayer, Everett Fund, Gift of the Misses Norton, Gift of the Misses Amy and Clara Curtis, Gift of Charles C. Perkins, Gift of Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz, Gift of Harold Murdock in memory of his brother, Rear-Admiral J. B. Murdock, Gift of the Estate of Alfred Greenough, and Gift of Edward Southworth Hawes