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 was inspired by a very famous, long-lost, mosaic entitled 'The Unswept Floor', crafted by the 2nd-century BC mosaicist Sosus of Pergamon. As described by Pliny, it is a floor mosaic which depicted the leftovers of a meal strewn on a floor. Many versions of the 'unswept floor' have appeared over the centuries - it was apparently a very popular motif in Roman times. My little mosaic here pays homage to that tradition.
This small mosaic is crafted from smalti and marble, all 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.