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A mosaic depicting fish and sea creatures that decorated one of the rooms in the Roman villa of la Pineda in the municipality of Vila-seca.
The mosaic field is decorated with 47 depictions of Mediterranean marine life, mainly fish but also some crustaceans, cephalopods and mammals (that it has been possible to identify).
It belongs to the type of unitary composition typical of African mosaic, in which the scene occupied the whole mosaic field. This compares to the tendency in the Hellenistic tradition to make small independent compositions (emblemata) delimited by geometric decorations.

Inventory number: MNAT 45456

Details

  • Title: Mosaic of the Fish
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Location: Ager Tarraconensis
  • Physical Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.25 m
  • Type: Mosaic
  • Medium: "Opus tessellatum"

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