More Mosaics!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been making more mosaic coasters, however unlike my previous equestrian themed pieces, these have more of a classical flavour. These coasters have been designed with Romano-British mosaics in mind, in particular the influence of … Continue reading

The History of Mosaics: Materials for Construction

Throughout history mosaics have been made from a variety of different materials, depending on the location of the project, complexity of the floor and importantly, the wealth of the patron. Limestone and marbles were typically the main stones used in … Continue reading

The Hare Mosaic II

Since last week’s discussion of the hare mosaic I’ve been thinking again about the place of the ‘hare’ in ancient religion.

For all the talk of its potential significance in its namesake mosaic, the significance of the hare in ancient religion is a veritable mystery and uncovering the reason would add such great flavour to an already absorbing piece of art.

For the sake of a reason, my best guestimation would be that the hare, as well as the goose and cockerel, were all the zoomorphic representation of a native deity or at least the animal companion of.  Such companions are widely known from ancient pagan religions such as the cockerel and ram being associated with Mercury.   A parallel can also be drawn to a local belief, across the Cotswolds where a series of sculptures dedicated to a local deity all portray a figure associated with a bird, given the area possibly a wood pigeon.  

This to my mind would suggest that, if the hare was taboo as food or a hunting item and looked after or revered by the native British, then being the associate to a deity would be a most plausible explanation for such behaviour and worship. Nevertheless this is just conjecture and should be treated as such, but it never hurts to enquire and it would certainly be plausible. Furthermore even if it is a valid assumption  the next mystery is who was this deity, and what powers did it behold?  It seems history loves nothing more than a mystery.

Ancient Art and the Hare Mosaic

A picture can paint a thousand word however when the artist, or even the whole society that made it has disappeared, it can become rather difficult to decipher those words. Iconography, motifs and patterns in art can sometimes look rather … Continue reading

Mad for Mosaics? My latest creation.

Once more into the breach my friends, once more!  Yes that’s right it has been full steam ahead in the workshop this week and so I present to you another mosaic creation. This design strives to blend native British style … Continue reading