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The Medusa Mosaic

Works in the collection

Late 2nd – first third of the 3rd century AD (Severian period)
1.92 x 4.67 m
Emblem: 57.7 x 57 cm
Marble, limestone, glass paste and sigillata pottery / Opus vermiculatum
MNAT 2921

The central emblem of a floor mosaic inspired by the myth of Perseus that depicts the head of the Medusa. The preserved part was laid in situ by an expert craftsman and its highlights are the scene of Perseus and Andromeda and this exceptional imported central emblem.

This is the finest of all the mosaics found in Tarraco. It was discovered in the residential zone of the Roman city during quarrying for the construction of the modern port and was transferred to the Archaeological Museum in 1857. It would have been part of the floor decoration in a domus.

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