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Mosaics date back to the dawn of civilization at Mesopotamia, where architects used small colored objects to decorate the temples in Uruk in the forth millennium B.C. The Greeks and Romans used pebbles and shells to make pictorial composition around the fourth century B.C.

Asaroton (or asarotos oikos, "unswept room"). The word is Greek, but it was a common Roman mosaic genre in which the floor of the triclinium, or dining room, would be decorated with food scraps seemingly cast onto the ground.

"The most famous in that genre was Sosos who laid at Pergamon what is called the asarotos oikos or unswept room, because on the pavement were represented the débris of a meal, and those things which are normally swept away, as if they had been left there, made of small tesserae of many colours."

Pliny, Natural History

My mosaic is a gentle homage to famous mosaics of this kind.


The mosaic is crafted using smalti and marble, handcut on a hammer and hardie in my studio, and measures  approx. 20cm x 10cm. It comes with a small wooden easel for display.


This mosaic is crafted on plywood. It should not be allowed to get wet. 

If you would like a mini mosaic that can be placed outside, please contact me.

'Asorotan fish' mini mosaic

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