Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 450–462


Legacy dimension: Diameter: 0.97 m.

Accession Number


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Two peacocks perch on a fountain, in the form of a kantharos into which water flows from a stylized floral (palmette) spout above. Colors: pale red and blue on yellow. From the floor of a church complex near (at) Marathus or Homs (Edessa).


Said to be from the floors of a large church and monastic complex near Emesa (Homs), Syria [see note 1]. By 1968, George Zacos (dealer; b. 1911 – d. 1983), Basel; 1969, sold by Zacos, through Robert E. Hecht (b. 1919 – d. 2012), Rome, to Michael Filides (d. 1997), Nordest Gallery, Boston; 1969, gift of Michael Filides to the MFA [see note 2]; 1970, accessioned by the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1970)

NOTES: [1] According to curator Cornelius Vermeule at the time of acquisition. [2] This was one of six mosaics shipped by Zacos and Hecht to Boston in 1968 and sold to Michael Filides. In 1969, Filides transferred ownership of two mosaics (MFA accession nos. 1970.323-324) to the Classical Department of the Museum. They were accessioned the following year.

Credit Line

Gift of Michael Filides