Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic

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At 93 sq. metres, this is the largest mosaic in the villa. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most damaged.
The central section is in the form of four large arches in a cross pattern made of U-shapes, delineating four squares in the corners. Bushes or plant groups occupy the spaces delimited by this pergola shape. It is flanked by variegated the columns and arcades of a portico under which appear kantharoi or cornucopia and shell patterns.
The mosaic evokes a courtyard with peristyle and its pleasure garden, where banquets would be held in good weather. Perhaps the single large courtyard of the Loupian villa in Late Antiquity, with its multiple uses, no longer offered such possibilities. The clearest stylistic links are with mosaics from Aquitaine.

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Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic.

Fruit tree in one of the branches of the U-shaped composition.
© Raymond Rogliano, sarl Mosaïque
Interactive document - Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic

Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic

Detail: basket of fruit.
© Raymond Rogliano, sarl Mosaïque
Interactive document - Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic.

Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic.

Kantharos and branches.
© Raymond Rogliano, sarl Mosaïque
Interactive document - Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic

Mosaic E – The Archway Mosaic

Cornucopia pattern.
© Raymond Rogliano, sarl Mosaïque