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The making of 'The personification of Roma'

This project is a mosaic I wanted make for a while. For a few months the image sat ready in my ideas folder, but with all the shows I had this past summer, the project had to wait a little more.

The roman-period mosaic (first to second century CE) was discovered by a French army captain and his soldiers in 1883 in Tunisia. This mosaic called Personification of Roma it is one of 20 or so mosaics and other atifacts found in what was later recognized as a synagogue in Hammam Lif. The collection was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum in 1905.

I like to call it a High Definition reproduction: the mosaic is the same size as the original. The stones as have all been cut the same size as the original, follow the same flow and they have been cut with the traditional hammer and chisel. Usually I do not alter the reproductions, but in this case I inserted all the leaves on the outer rim as I noticed the bad restoration job.

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October 21 2015. Doesn't look like much! The eyes are always the most difficult part.

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October 26 2015. The face is taking shape.

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October 26. Face is compleded, on to the neck next.

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November 2 2015. all the skin tone is done, big sigh of relief ...

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November 6. The cloth on her shoulder was somewhat easier.

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November 10. Cruising now... tessere on inner backround are consistant in size yet follow exactly the pattern as in the original.

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November 12

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November 14. the outer rim.

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view the finished mosaic's page here.