Vase Mosaic at Bignor Roman Villa
As well as being highly decorative; Roman Mosaics offered an easily cleaned bright surface for housekeepers - once the tile had been placed.
Building and laying the mosaic, however, was very dusty work.
Roman Mosaic at Bignor Roman Villa
Roman mosaic floors were very colourful. Families would enjoy reds and browns which came from sandstone and blacks and blue from purbeck marble.
The lighter colours of cream, white, and pink were made from chalk and limestone. Need a bit of blood? Red glass did a lovely job.
Knot Mosaic at Bignor Roman Villa
While scenes depicting events in history were favoured, Roman mosaics would also feature views from nature, or events from everyday life.
A cat chasing a bird, hunting scenes, or incidents which had happened to the family themselves were often depicted.
Dolphin Mosaic at Bignor Roman Villa
The family who lived in Fishbourne Roman Palace
enjoyed mosaics that featured mythological creatures.
"Cupid upon a Dolphin" which you can see there, is a lovely example of the Roman Mosaic art form.
For the ultimate woman from ancient myth, the builders of Bignor Roman Villa
depicted a very elegant Medusa.
Article by "Tudor Rose"