"In 1996, workers in Lod, Israel, were preparing to expand a road when they found something that turned out to be an artistic and archeological treasure: a Roman mosaic from about 300 A.D. Preserved just three feet below the modern surface, it was in nearly excellent condition.
On view beginning Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through April 3), the mosaic—50 feet long by 27 feet wide—looks slightly larger than some Manhattan apartments. It is believed to have been used as an interior ground cover for an entrance hall at the home of a wealthy Roman, living in what would have been the eastern portion of the Roman Empire."Being a mosaic buff myself, this work looks absolutely gorgeous and I hope I can see it in person sometime soon!
|(Both images from Wall Street Journal)|
Watch this short video to learn all the details behind the discovery, transport, and conservation of this stunning mosaic from Lod. The video is featured on the Met's website courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority: