Mosaic with a cat and ducks
Floor mosaic of a Roman villa.
The first quarter of the 1st century BCE.
Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Massimo alle TermeInv. No. 124137.Photo 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
(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 rome romaine floor mosaic mosaico with a cat and ducks domestic animal bird birds lotus duck drake inv no 124137
History of Ancient Rome