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Muses Mosaics

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Muses mosaics were appreciated by Roman patricians In Greek mythology the Muses were the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, song-lyrics, and myths that were related orally for centuries in these ancient cultures. Later adopted…
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An unemployed mosaicist I have been mosaically unemployed for a year… In January 2020, I flew back to Alabama from France. I had just learned I was going to be a grandfather in August ! This grand child was going to be the first of his or her generation. 2020…
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Close up of cone mosaic_Uruk, Mesopotamia

Cone mosaics

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Cone mosaics are the oldest known mosaics in the world They were used in Southern Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) to decorate monumental raw mud-brick Palaces and Temples built between 3500 and 3000 BC. Baked clay cones for tesserae,  plaster as thinset. Cone mosaics were built with small cones made of…
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The Aquitaine school of mosaics

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Roman mosaics of Southwestern France The Aquitaine school of mosaics refers to a regional mosaic style followed by itinerant teams of mosaicists during the 4th and 5th century. Its regional center was located in Gallia Aquitania. Gallia Aquitania, 125 AD A distinctive and evolutive style The style of this Aquitaine…
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Mosaic modules

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Modular mosaics Techniques commonly used in digital drawing can be used in mosaic building. You can produce and use mosaic modules in a manner very similar to this Copy & Paste digital technique. And you can later assemble these modules to complete a bigger piece. This is true for geometric…
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The Nika Riots

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Those who don’t know history are doomed to see it repeated. A little thread about the deadly Nika riots illustrated with mosaics… The Nika Riots : 6th century hooliganism The Nika riots took place against Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople over the course of a week in 532 AD. Constantinople…
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