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Byzantine Mosaics

Roman floors were often decorated with mosaics, patterns and images made of small pieces of colored stone, called tesserae, pressed into a bed of plaster. Early Christian and Byzantine artisans took over and expanded this medium, applying it to walls and domes and introducing colored and gilded glass tiles.

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Icon of St. John Chrysostom

Late Byzantine
ca. 1325
mosaic on wax on wood
BZ.1954.2

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