The Lod mosaic in the Louvre Museum

The Lod mosaic in the Louvre Museum

A great mosaic dating from 300 years after Christ It was discovered in Lod in 1996 while construction of a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was underway. Currently shown in the Louvre MuseumThrough it you can see an impressive animal life represented by geometric patterns.

The mosaic was part of an even larger pavement that was used to decorate the floor of a room. The function of the room and that of its occupants continues to be unknown, although it is known that the walls also maintained this type of decoration so it could be a reception room.

With a dimension of 7.84 x 4.26 meters, the mosaic is composed of small parts called tessera whose composition is based on marble and limestone. The condition in which it was found was quite good except for the lower part which had to be completed during the restoration of the piece.

The mosaic is divided into three parts, a central section to whose sides two other rectangular panels are located. They represent all kinds of animals, fish, mammals and birds that have been correctly identified. Apart from the sea monster, the others are treated with great realism, this being one of the main characteristics of the mosaics made in the Near East.

Although the human figure is not represented, the presence of two boats endows it with human activity. The scene represented in the central octagonal medallion, in which exotic animals are found under the protection of peaceful lions, could be referring to the Lida society during the Roman Empire, a time when citizens of different beliefs lived together in peace.

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