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Mosaic with Two Figures Seated on a Couch: side panel of Aphrodite and Erote (one of four panels from a floor)

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This series of four mosaic fragments depicts a man and woman seated together on a couch with a pink canopy raised above their heads. The woman wears a dark purple himation with a golden border that drapes across her lap, and a dome-shaped golden crown. She raises her right arm above her head and holds a yellow fruit between her fingers. On the right are the man’s lower legs and two feet, crossed at the ankle and resting on a stool. He wears high-laced buskins and a long, pleated garment. Two erotes complete the composition: one stands at the man’s feet peddling goods from his basket and the second floats above the couple on the right, holding one edge of the canopy. The figural scene is framed by a border of guilloche followed by a pattern of heraldic birds that alternate with flowering plants.
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics House of the Green Carpet Antioch DH 30Q (Turkey Hatay). Excavated by the Syrian Department of Antiquities (later the Hatay government) and the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch and Its Vicinity (1937) dispersed; to Fogg Museum of Art 1939. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Gift of the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch and its Vicinity
Title: Mosaic with Two Figures Seated on a Couch: side panel of Aphrodite and Erote (one of four panels from a floor)
Description:
This series of four mosaic fragments depicts a man and woman seated together on a couch with a pink canopy raised above their heads.
The woman wears a dark purple himation with a golden border that drapes across her lap, and a dome-shaped golden crown.
She raises her right arm above her head and holds a yellow fruit between her fingers.
On the right are the man’s lower legs and two feet, crossed at the ankle and resting on a stool.
He wears high-laced buskins and a long, pleated garment.
Two erotes complete the composition: one stands at the man’s feet peddling goods from his basket and the second floats above the couple on the right, holding one edge of the canopy.
The figural scene is framed by a border of guilloche followed by a pattern of heraldic birds that alternate with flowering plants.

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