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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > Bacchus Mosaic

Bacchus Mosaic
Leadenhall Street, London

Bacchus reclining on a Tiger This is the central roundel from a large geometric mosaic floor found in Leadenhall Street in London. It depicts Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, reclining on a tiger in his traditional pose. For obvious reasons, this subject matter was very popular in Roman dining rooms. This excellent example of the mosaicist's craft dates from the 2nd century and shows well the elaborate geometric and figured floor decoration popular in the wealthier Roman homes. Here the rich colours are even supplemented by tiny pieces of green glass. The mosaic was probably made locally, the central scene being designed in a workshop and transported to the site as a single piece. It is 43" in diameter, but the original mosaic was 11ft square within a 20ft room.

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