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Mosaic of Orpheus

  • ‘Mosaic of Orpheus.’ Zaragoza Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    ‘Mosaic of Orpheus.’ Zaragoza Museum © Ministerio de Cultura





101-225 (2nd century-early 3rd century A.D.)

Original title

Mosaico de Orfeo
Zaragoza Museum
Zaragoza, Aragon

An example of the exquisite decorative taste and wealth of high society in the ancient Caesar Augusta city (Saragossa).

This large mosaic presided over the flooring of a triclinium, or main room, of an important domus in Cesaraugusta.

The different coloured tesserae sets are sublimely laid in the mosaic, favouring exuberant iconography of the mythical figure of Orpheus playing a zither.

It has been dated between the start of the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.

Details of the work

Calle de la Zuda, 1. Caesaraugusta (Saragossa)


Height = 903 cm; Width = 603 cm

Opus tessellatum


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