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Roman seafood mosaic

Roman seafood mosaic. Mosaics consist of small pieces of coloured glass or stone, used to form an image or pattern on a floor or wall. This marine fauna mosaic is from the House of the Faun, in Pompeii, Italy, and accurately depicts over twenty forms of fish, shellfish and eels. At centre, an octopus attacks a lobster. Surrounding them are dogfish, morays, sea basses, sea breams, mullets, and electric rays. This mosaic is displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy

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Ancient Rome Antiquity Art History Cephalopod Classical Dog Fish Fishing Italian Italy Life Lobster Mollusc Moray Mosaic Mosaic Tile Museum Naples National Archaeological Museum Natural History Octopus Pattern Pompeii Roman Rome Sea Food Shell Fish Stone Tile Tiled Tiles Eels Electric Ray Electric Rays House Of The Faun Morays Mullet Mullets Sea Bass Sea Bream


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This print showcases a remarkable Roman seafood mosaic, an exquisite example of ancient artistry. Mosaics, composed of small pieces of colored glass or stone, were skillfully arranged to create intricate images or patterns on floors and walls. Hailing from the House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy, this marine fauna mosaic accurately portrays over twenty different species of fish, shellfish, and eels. At the heart of this masterpiece lies a dramatic scene: an octopus fiercely attacking a lobster. Surrounding them are various sea creatures such as dogfish, morays, sea basses, sea breams, mullets, and electric rays. Each element meticulously crafted with vibrant tiles that bring life to these aquatic inhabitants. Now housed within the Archaeological Museum of Naples in Italy's cultural capital city stands this awe-inspiring work. Its historical significance resonates deeply as it provides insights into both Roman culture and zoology during antiquity. The intricacy and attention to detail evident in this mosaic reflect not only the artistic talent but also serve as a testament to the Romans' deep appreciation for nature's wonders. This artwork serves as a bridge connecting us to ancient times while showcasing the beauty found beneath our seas. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing creation captured by Science Photo Library without commercial intent but purely for educational purposes - we are reminded once again that art has always been intertwined with history and science; forever preserving moments from our past for generations yet to come.

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