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Roman mosaics in Winchester City museum

Found locally, this mosaic floor design is in very good condition. The house it was in evidentally had no under floor heating, as there is scorching from a brazier which stood on it. The damaged patch on the far side is where a tree had grown through the buried mosaic. The twisted rope border design is called "guilloche". Roman mosaic floor

The mosaics were made using brick, terracotta and stone such as Purbeck stone. This sea creature is probably a stylized dolphin. The design is simple but effective. The mosaic below has an unusual feature - repeated black lines tapering to fill a space are not often seen in Roman patterns.

Roman mosaic at Verulamium

Roman design in Purbeck House

Winchester Cathedral

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dolphin mosaic

Roman mosaic


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