Tigress and Cubs

Tigress and Cubs

300s

Tesserae

Overall: 142.9 x 135.4 cm (56 1/4 x 53 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.65

Fun Fact

Over ten thousand little tesserae or tiny tiles are in this mosaic.

Description

Mosaics were commonly used to decorate houses and villas of the Roman elite. In this mosaic the artist used different colored tesserae, small cut stones, to portray the distinctive striped markings of the tigress and her cubs.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Mosaic
Medium: 
Tesserae

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