Mosaic with a cat and ducks
Floor mosaic of a Roman villa.
The first quarter of the 1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 124137.Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Massimo alle TermePhoto by Olga Lyubimova

Mosaic with a cat and ducks.

Floor mosaic of a Roman villa.
The first quarter of the 1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 124137.

Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
(Roma, Museo nazionale romano, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme)

Origin:
Rome, a Roman villa in the via Ardeatina, the possession of Cecchgnola.
Description:
This floor mosaic with white tesserae features a central panel in opus vermiculatum (micro tesserae) divided in two registers. The panel represents a cat trying to catch a bird in flight and two ducks, one of which is holding a lotus flower in its beak.
The style is quite similar to that of Hellenistic painting.
The mosaic was found in the triclinium of a Roman villa and can be dated to the first quarter of the 1st century B.C.
Credits:
(сс) 2007. Photo: Olga Lyubimova (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Text: museum inscription to the mosaic.
Keywords: μωσαϊκό mosaic mosaics mosaica mosaici mosaik mosaïque ρώμη rome roman roma romano rom römisches romaine bird birds uccello vogel oiseau πουλί duck drake anatra ente enterich canard πάπια floor mosaico pavimentale bodenmosaik de sol lotus cat gatto gatta micia kater katze chat chatte domestic animal animale domestico haustier domestique with a and ducks inv no 124137