Lot 44
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A ROMAN NILOTIC MOSAIC EMBLEMA FRAGMENT, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D. | A Roman Nilotic Mosaic Emblema Fragment

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Sold
17,500 GBP
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Description

  • marble
  • 25 by 38.5 cm including mortar bedding, 18 by 28 cm. for the design only
the multi-coloured tesserae still set in their original mortar bedding and depicting a Nilotic scene comprising a diminutive crocodile perched on a rocky outcrop, a mallard duck, and a fish among flowering water plants, part of the mortar bedding and terracotta tray preserved.

Provenance

Professor Hans Jucker (1918-1984) and his wife Ines Jucker, Bern
Galerie Rhéa, Zurich
European Private collection, acquired from the above on August 29th, 2012, for 28,000 CHF (£21,000 GBP)

Catalogue Note

See M. J. Versluys, Aegyptiaca Romana: Nilotic Scenes and the Roman Views of Egypt, 2002, for a comprehensive illustrated corpus of Roman Nilotic mosaics and wall-paintings, and cat. no. 047 in particular, the Nile mosaic from the House of the Faun at Pompeii (https://goo.gl/images/VVS8KS). For a complete quadrangular emblema with aquatic scene in the lower section see Sotheby's, New York, June 7th, 2007, no. 77.
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