Roman Mosaics – Photo Gallery
ROMAN MOSAICS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM
THEMES FOR THE BATHS
THE TWISTED ROPE
THE TWISTED ROPE PATTERN
The “Twisted Rope” pattern was a traditional delineating device, much used by mosaic artists throughout the Roman world. It was picked out with a palette of no more than four muted colours and yet could be used to create a very striking effect, giving depth to a mosaic that would otherwise appear somewhat “two dimensional” and rather uninteresting.
The image above shows a simplified version of the “twisted rope border”, where only two strands are used in this instance, rather than the more usual three stranded version.
Animal images were often highly stylised by Roman mosaic artists, to the extent that they were more of an abstract conception, emphasising the supposed essence of the particular animal rather than any serious attempt at realism . Caricatures such as Lion Face (shown below) often show a tendency to anthropomorphism that seeks to equate actual wild beasts with mythological monster images.
FINE DETAIL PICKED OUT WITH TINY TESSERAE
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