Lepus Vexus, Corinium’s style

Once upon a time in Britannia

The Corinium Beeches Road Hare mosaic dates from the 4th century. It was excavated in Cirencester in 1971.

he Corinium Hare mosaic
The Beeches Road Hare mosaic


Hares and rabbits are often shown in other Roman mosaics, either part of hunting scenes, or feeding from grapes. We don’t know what this one was eating.

Hare with grapes mosaic originally located in the Bath of Apolausis near Antioch, Syria (present-day Antakya, Turkey). Stone tesserae, 101 1/4 × 268 5/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Hare with grape mosaic from Antioch, Syria (present-day Antakya, Turkey).


It started as a joke…

When I saw this mosaic an image immediately crossed my mind, I had to create a fake, spoof mosaic based on this rabbit.

I went to work on my computer and came up with this design.

This mosaic never existed but digitally.


And posted it on Social media, clearly stating it was a joke and did not actually exist.

An enthusiastic response

Although the Hare did not go viral, I received a great number of positive comments, likes and shares of people convinced I had actually made the mosaic.

Which made me wonder… How about actually making this mosaic ?

I went to work…

Lepus on the bench
Lepus Vexus on the bench

I built Lepus Vexus in reverse method. Tesserae are glued upside down on top of the model.

Lepus vexus Border
Lepus Vexus Border

While most of the border is built in a variation of my Opus Pixellatum method, the rabbit himself is Tesselatum.

Lepus Vexus mosaic medallion
Lepus Vexus medallion

Modular construction

I built the straight trapezes on separate models, independently from the main mosaic

modular construction
Blue and Red trapezoidal modules

And glued them later on the main model.

Most of the tiles I used are 3/8″ (8mm) glass tiles from Mosaic Art Supply

As I was working on different projects, it took me one full year to complete Lepus Vexus.

Lepus Vexus mosaic complete, June 2019
Lepus Vexus, June 2019

I followed the usual reverse method process, complete laying, pregrout, thinset, glue the support, flip, grout, waterproof… Finally, after a 11month gestation, Lepus Vexus is ready to climb a wall…

Lepus Vexus mosaic medallion




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