Mosaic Pavement Fragment With A Peahen
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2001.269
Title
Mosaic Pavement Fragment with a Peahen
Other Titles
Former Title: Fragment of a Mosaic Pavement depicting a Peacock under a Tree
Classification
Mosaics
Work Type
mosaic
Date
5th-6th centuries
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Syria, Northwestern Syria
Period
Roman Imperial period, Late, to Early Byzantine
Culture
Syrian
Location
Level 3, Room 3460, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stone and glass tesserae embedded in mortar
Dimensions
114 cm h x 103 cm w x 1.6 cm d (44 7/8 x 40 9/16 x 5/8 in.)
Provenance
[Richard C. Brockway, Ancient Art International, Middleboro, MA, 1997], sold; to Martha Gefter and Thomas Lemberg, Wayland, MA, (1997-2001), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2001.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Martha Gefter and Thomas Lemberg in honor of David Gordon Mitten
Accession Year
2001
Object Number
2001.269
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
The peahen is depicted mainly in profile with its head turned as it looks out over its back. It is a colorful fragment with accurate modeling of the tree, color, shading of foliage, and blue tones in the peahen's neck, which are formed by tesserae of blue glass.
Exhibition History

Re-View: S422 Ancient & Byzantine Art & Numismatics, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/2008 - 06/18/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted