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. Early Greco-Roman artisans began making mosaics with pieces of colored glass broken off in different shapes from thin sheets baked in a kiln.
This mini mosaic shows a small section of the 'guilloche', a classic pattern of interwoven strands, resembling rope, often used as a border in Roman mosaics. Typically two, three or five strands would be used in the guilloche.
This small mosaic is crafted from marble, handcut on a hammer and hardie in my studio.
The mosaic measures approx. 20cm x 10cm. It comes with a small wooden easel for display.