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Mosaic emblema with cupids gathering roses in a garden

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A portable panel mosaic comprised of three registers, only two can be clearly read, that illustrates the rose harvest and garland business. At the top register three cupids gather roses in their own baskets in the garden. The garden is bordered to the left by a picket fence. At the right the...

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According to a letter from Günter Puhze, dated November 2, 2002, the mosaic "was in the possession of a French physician and found on his property in Sousse/Tunesia in 1938 (at that time a French protectorate). Before the independence of Tunesia it was brought to France"; by 1992: with Galerie Günter Puhze, Stadtstrasse 28, D-7800 Freiburg, Germany (Kunst der Antike 10, 1993, no. 27); September 17, 2003: purchased by MFA from Galerie Günter Puhze with funds donated by Jeffrey and Pamela Dippel Choney

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeffrey and Pamela Dippel Choney

Roman, North African, Imperial Period, late 2nd–mid-3rd century

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Lender accessory (Mount (overall dims of object in the mount)): 48.5 x 61.1 x 12.3 cm (19 1/8 x 24 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.) Framed (Aluminum frame with a pair of wall cleats): 39.8 x 59.8 x 5.8 cm (15 11/16 x 23 9/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fine stone and glass tesserae on terracotta panel


The Ancient World