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Mosaic Floor with Views of Alexandria and Memphis
ca. A.D. 540
Mosaic: limestone tesserae
396.25 x 609.6 cm (156 x 240 in.), other (component 1932.1735f): 49.53 x 48.9 x 4.13 cm (19 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
The Yale-British School Excavations at Gerasa
The Egyptian cities of Alexandria (left) and Memphis (right) are depicted here surrounded by tall date palms and lush, aquatic plants, the flora of the Nile. The high, turreted walls and the architecture within are depicted in the typical Byzantine style: a combination of bird’s-eye and perspective views. The church of Saints Peter and Paul, where this mosaic once lay, and its founder, Bishop Anastasius, are mentioned in the Greek inscription at center.
Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 273, ill.
Jerry Podany and Susan B. Matheson, “Urban Renewal: The Conservation of a City Mosaic from Ancient Gerasa,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1999): 2031, fig. 1, 59.
Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 11112, fig. 105.
Lisa R. Brody et al., “A Floor Mosaic from Gerasa,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2010): 8083, fig. 14.
Helen C. Evans and Brandi Ratliff, Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th9th Century, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012), 12, fig. 9.
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