Mosaic of a Horse with Saddle

Unknown5th–6th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Fragment of a mosaic depicting a horse wearing a saddle, facing right, on a white background. The horse is rendered with a thick outline of darker tesserae, its body is white. The saddle is decorated with a geometric pattern of triangles. Some landscape features are indicated (ivy branches, bushes, or small trees) below and in front of the horse. The mosaic is faint, yet the details are still visible and fairly well-preserved.


  • Title: Mosaic of a Horse with Saddle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 5th–6th century
  • Location Created: Syria
  • Physical Dimensions: 147.3 × 146 cm (58 × 57 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Mosaic
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Mosaic
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 75.AH.116
  • Culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of William Wahler
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Architecture (Object Genre)

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