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Nov 17 2013

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Pebble mosaic in Mandraki ~ Nisyros

wiki: pebble mosaics, as an art form, have their roots in Mesopotamia. The oldest mosaics date from 4000 BC and were found in the land of the Sumerians in Southern Mesopotamia. The earliest form of mosaic was in a temple in the ancient city of Uruk which was adorned with “mosaics” made of shells, onyx, clay and semi-precious stones

Even so, the concept of pebble mosaic was widespread in the Mediterranean. The earliest specimens date from the 9th and 8th centuries BC. The coarse shale mosaic floor discovered at Gordio in Phrygia (present-day Turkey) is a typical example. Flat pebble mosaic paving adorns the important rooms of the house, but not the outdoor areas

By the Hellenistic times of the 5th century BC, the Greek people were promoting pebble mosaic paving in geometric designs as an art form. The results were exquisite, as can be seen in the 4th-century-BC pebble mosaic floors at Pella and Olynthos in the north of Greece, which still show no signs of succumbing to the ravages of time. That was when the need for attractive, sealed flooring led to the widespread use of mosaic. The people of the time used natural materials such as pebbles found in rivers and streams or on beaches and arranged them in decorative designs to make durable, long-lasting floors. Using two different colours in the designs served a decorative purpose and made it possible to incorporate images and tableaux…*

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One comment on “Confetti”

  1. This is really lovely and interesting Pelly xox

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