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Floor Mosaic with Trellis Pattern (Green Carpet)

Early Byzantine
5th century
515.62 cm x 261.62 cm (203 in. x 103 in.)

On view


The central portion of the mosaic, which resembles a carpet, is a subdued green, over which a diaper pattern of florets enclosing rosettes, made in delicate tones of white through pink to red. At either end is a border of meander pattern, mainly in reds, and on the long sides, a border of tangent octagons, each enclosing a geometric motif.

Antioch-on-the-Orontes, III, The Excavations, 1937-1939, p. 203, no. 159 and pl. 77. Copy of text in dossier.

D. Levi, Antioch Mosaic Pavements (Princeton, 1947), pp. 315 f, 469, 626, pl. CXXVIII, b, c. Copy of text in dossier.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 287

G. Richter, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Cambridge, MA, 1956), no. 43.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 349.

E. Kitzinger, Byzantine Art in the Making: Main Lines of Stylistic Development in Mediterranean Art, 3rd-7th Century (Cambridge, Mass., 1980) 89, fig. 162

Antioch Mosaics, A Corpus, ed. F. Cimok (Istanbul, 2000), p. 242.

Acquisition History
Syria, Antioch Excavations, 1938; Daphne-Harbie

From Room 1 of the House of the Green Carpet.

Collection of Mildred Barnes and Robert Woods Bliss, 1938.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.