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Polychrome mosaic?
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Hello all<br>
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Recently I was doing abit of digging about and came across the following examples of polychrome mosaics. What on earth is a polychrome mosaic and are the colours here the actual colours we would expect to have seen clothes actually to have been during the 1st Century AD?<br>
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<img src="http://www.vroma.org/images/mcmanus_images/actors_women.jpg" style="border:0;"/><br>
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<img src="http://www.vroma.org/images/mcmanus_images/buskersmosaic2.jpg" style="border:0;"/><br>
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<img src="http://www.vroma.org/images/mcmanus_images/woman_mosaic.jpg" style="border:0;"/><br>
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Any ideas Lawrence? <p>Graham Ashford
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#2
Hi Graham<br>
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Is there pictures att,as I can't get them up. could you send them to me please I just want to be nosey.<br>
Bricca <p></p><i></i>
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#3
Graham, I will look into polychrome mosaic, as that's the first mention I've heard of it. That last mosaic resembles one of the encaustic Egyptian paintings; wonder if it was copied from it? <p></p><i></i>
Richard Campbell
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#4
Hello all<br>
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I know the encaustic images, that was something which crossed my mind as well. I looked at the blurb against each image and it says they are 1st Century AD artifacts so they don't appear to be copies at all?<br>
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Here is the url of the three images in case the images don't work ...<br>
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www.vroma.org/images/mcma..._women.jpg<br>
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www.vroma.org/images/mcma...osaic2.jpg<br>
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www.vroma.org/images/mcma...mosaic.jpg<br>
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Bricca I will mail the images to you, but the above links should let you see them as well ...<br>
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All the best <p>Graham Ashford
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#5
Graham,<br>
The colours used could be fairly close to the actual clothes themselves.The Romans had access to a much wider range of marbles than we have now,the quarries in North Africa and Greece apparently providing a good range.These quarries have now been worked out or lost.The shades may be slightly different but the colours I believe would be a good indication.A nuber of figurative mosaics are thought to have been copied from paintings and sculptures also.Lawrence <p></p><i></i>
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Lawrence<br>
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Excellent thanks, so we can be fairly sure that the colours represented in the images above are actually the colours worn buy some people, they are a lot more vivid than I imagined they would be and the detail involved in some of those mosaics is amazing, a much higher quality than I had previously seen.<br>
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I assume that 'polychrome mosaics', in this case is just a clever way of saying 'multicoloured mosaics'.<br>
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Thanks <p>Graham Ashford
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#7
Quite right that is the meaning of polychrome,the other is monochrome,black and white mosaics such as at Ostia and in the bathouses.Incidentally when mosaics are being photographed to bring the colours up it is usual to spray water over them,go to see them normally and they may not be so bright.This is not to say the colours fade in any way, just that in antiquity they would have been kept polished up using beeswax.<br>
Lawrence <p></p><i></i>
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#8
Hi Graham<br>
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WOW they are lovely thank you<br>
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