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Mosaic Inscription

ca. A.D. 540

Mosaic: limestone tesserae

Maximum preserved dimensions: 130 x 258 cm (51 3/16 x 101 9/16 in.)
The Yale-British School Excavations at Gerasa
1932.1736
This fragment of a mosaic floor was excavated by the Yale-British School Archeological Expedition at Gerasa in Jordan between 1928 and 1929. It comes from a room in a building located to the west of the sixth-century A.D. Church of St. Theodore, built by the local bishop Aeneas. The mosaic features a carpet-like design incorporating geometric figures and pointed ovoid leaves or fruits within a meander border. Lying outside this border is a Greek inscription reading: “I am the most happy place of the second order of the male hymn-singers.” This mosaic inscription likely identifies the room as belonging to a choir that sang in the nearby church.
Culture: 
Gerasa (Jordan)
Period: 
Early Christian
Classification: 
Mosaic
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-British School Excavations at Gerasa, present-day Jordan, 1928–34; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

McCown Fisher, “American School of Oriental Research,” Annual of the American School of Oriental Research 11 (1931): 17, 43f., 57, pl. 16.

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (Chestnut Hill, Mass.: McMullen Museum of Art, 2014), 226, fig. 15.6.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.