Byzantine Era, circa 3rd-5th century AD. 34" x 27". Acquired in Beirut in the 1970, with square stone tesserae arranged in Tunisian zigzag motif. The diagonal pattern is reminiscent of woven cloth and may illustrate the influence of textiles upon mosaics (opus tessellatum). Mosaics are some of the most enduring images from the Roman world, exciting not only for their aesthetic beauty but also because they reveal the decorating styles for private and public spaces.