Medusa Mosaic Wall Plaque

  • A reproduction of a Medusa mosaic floor on tumbled Botticino marble.

    - Made of travertine with printed graphic
    - Dimensions: 8in x 8in x 0.5in (L x W x H)
    - Gift box included
    - Made in the U.S.A.
    - Item #: PLQMMF

    Mosaics decorated luxurious domestic and public buildings across the Roman Empire. Intricate patterns and compositions were created by setting tesserae—small pieces of stone or glass—into floors and walls. Scenes from mythology, daily life, nature, and arena spectacles enlivened interior spaces and reflected the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. This mosaic shows the more attractive, human-looking Medusa found in late Greek and Roman art, in contrast to earlier Greek representations that emphasize her monstrous appearance. Placement of the Gorgon’s head at the heart of the mosaic echoes her frequent appearance at the center of shields, where she served to inspire fear and ward off evil.

    Mosaic Floor with Head of Medusa, Roman
    A.D. 115–150
    H: 270.5 × W: 270.5 cm (106 ½ × 106 ½ in.)
    The J. Paul Getty Museum