Shukhuti mosaic

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The Shukhuti mosaic (Georgian: შუხუთის მოზაიკა, shukhutis mozaika) is a bath mosaic discovered in 1961 at the village of Shukhuti,[1] Guria, western Georgia. It dates from the 4th-5th century, from the times of the historical entity of Lazica.[2]

Shukhuti mosaic
შუხუთის მოზაიკა
Shukhuti mosaic is located in Guria
Shukhuti mosaic
Shown within Guria
Shukhuti mosaic is located in Georgia
Shukhuti mosaic
Shukhuti mosaic (Georgia)
LocationShukhuti, Guria, Georgia
RegionSouth Caucasus
Coordinates42°05′N 42°05′E / 42.083°N 42.083°E / 42.083; 42.083
TypeRoman mosaic
Part ofEastern Roman Empire
PeriodsLate Antiquity

Description edit

Equal to the size of the mosaic floors discovered in the bath Shukhuti's apodyterium (2.00X3, 50 m). The mosaic-covered area is approximately 50%, which was still under a fifteen-centimeter layer of lime mixed with dapshkhvnil ceramics, and scattered cobblestones. The mosaic was made using the Opus Tesselatum technique, which is characterized by the use of identical size and shape of cubes. Cubic surfaces have dimensions of about 1 cm. The mosaic is made of the following materials:

  1. black sandstone
  2. white, yellow, lime green colors
  3. Andesite, dark red, sometimes brown
  4. pale red ceramics.

The design is of squares and eight-pointed stars.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Zakaraia P.; Lekvinadze V. (1968). "Shukhutskaya banya" [The Shukhuti Bath]. Vizantiiskii Vremennik=Byzantine Annals (in Russian). 28: 225–237.
  2. ^ Lordkipanidze, Mariam (1994). Essays on Georgian history. Tbilisi: Metsniereba. p. 45. ISBN 9785520015475.
  3. ^ Lordkipanidze, Otar (2000). Phasis : the river and city in Colchis. Stuttgart: Steiner. p. 105. ISBN 9783515072717.