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The Nika Riots

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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Mosaic of the Greek Philosophers, Autun_Anacreon

The Mosaic of the Greek Philosophers in Autun

The astonishing 2nd century mosaic of the Greek Philosophers was discovered in 1965 and 1990 in Autun, France. A city founded by the First Emperor Autun (Augustodunum) was founded during the Principate era of the early Roman Empire by Emperor Augustus to give the powerful Gallic people Aedui a Roman…
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Designed after Mezin engraved swastika

Permanence of Patterns – the Swastika symbol

This is my second article about permanence of patterns illustrated in mosaic art. In this one, we will review the Swastika symbol. A very ancient symbol The earliest known use of the swastika symbol was discovered in Ukraine carved on a 11,000-year-old ivory figurine of a bird made from mammoth…
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Opus Signinum

Opus Signinum,  a very old floor covering Opus signinum (‘cocciopesto’ in modern Italian) is a mortar made of tiles broken up into very small pieces, mixed with mortar, and then beaten down with a rammer. This very resilient and waterproof floor covering has been used since at least the 7th…
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DOuble meander pattern, Mycenaean Vase - 13th century BC

Permanence of patterns – Meander

Patterns time travel… For a long time I have been fascinated by the the permanence of patterns through time, and by the way it happens. I have been studying this for many years. This transmission does not only happen in actual paintings, drawings and mosaics, but in ALL types of…
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Roman Tile – 230 – Italica Shuriken

Italica Shuriken is the name I gave to one elementary design pattern often met in the Roman mosaics of Spanish Andalucia. The Roman ruins of Italica, with remarkable mosaics and an impressive amphitheater, are located 9 kilometres to the north of the city, just outside the town of Santiponce. Italica…
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Mosaic Show : The Eyes are the Mirror of the Soul

Don’t miss the Grand opening of my Mosaic Show ! On Next Saturday August 8, at 2:00 pm I will officially open my next mosaic show : “The eyes are the mirror of the Soul” at Mural City Coffee Company on Foster Street downtown Dothan 40 mosaics displayed, some never…
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Wemberham Roman mosaic, variation #3

The Wemberham mosaic

A Roman Cottage on the Ocean A Roman villa was excavated west of Yatton, Somerset, UK in 1884. It lies very close to the Yeo river, in a large meadow called Wemberham. The site lies very close to the river and the eastern end of the foundations abuts on its…
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Roman Tile – 005 – Aquileia

The Basilica Santa Maria de Assunta in Aquileia, Italy started as a Church immediately after 313 AD. when the Edict of Milan put an end to religious persecution. From that day, the Christian community was allowed to build its first place of public worship. After the destruction of the first…
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