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Mosaic with personifications of Pleasure and Wealth

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The mosaic depicts two personifications seated on a bench or couch, the woman with her head turned slightly to her left, and wearing a long short-sleeved robe, armlet, bracelet, pearl necklace and wreath of flowers, the Greek inscription APOLAU[SIS] ("Pleasure") above her, the man with this head...

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By date unknown: with Barling of Mount Street Ltd., 112 Mount Street, London W1, (1969 dealer catalogue, no. 1: possibly from the area north of Antioch); by 1976 with Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd., 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT (auction April 27, 1976, lot no. 153: no provenance given); by June 2005: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave., New York, NY 10021 (auction June, 7, 2005, lot no. 66: citing only the two previous sale catalogues for provenance); purchased at the Sotheby's auction by Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022; July 2005: 2005: with Royal-Athena Galleries, Art of the Ancient World, vol. 17 (2006), p. 71, no. 149: Antioch on the Oronte (giving as provenance: Barling, London, 1969, and private collection, New York); purchased by George D. and Margo Behrakis from Royal-Athena Galleries; gift of George D. and Margo Behrakis to MFA, March 22, 2006

Credit Line

Gift of George D. and Margo Behrakis

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, 6th century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Eastern Mediterranean (possibly Turkey or Syria)

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 130-131.


Overall: 134.6 x 83.8 cm (53 x 33 in.) Framed (Aluminum frame 3/16"thick( designed as a cookie pan): 130.2 x 81.3 x 5.7 cm (51 1/4 x 32 x 2 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone and glass tesserae


The Ancient World