Stunning mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis

Stunning mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis

A mosaic made of small white, black, gray, blue, red, and yellow pebbles was brought to light, in the corridor behind the Caryatids.

Euthimis Tsiliopoulos
ΓΡΑΦΕΙ: EUTHIMIS TSILIOPOULOS

A mosaic made of small white, black, gray, blue, red, and yellow pebbles was brought to light after workers carefully took away more of the soil that covered the corridor, behind the Caryatids, the third chamber of the Amphipolis tomb.

Stunning mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis

The works revealed most of the mosaic floor covering the whole corridor (4.5m wide x 3m long).

The central theme depicts a chariot in movement drawn by two white horses, driven by a bearded man. In front of the chariot goes Hermes , in the guise of the soul bearer, wearing a petasos (hat) a cloak, winged sandals and holds a caduceus. The movement is from east to west.

The background is blue-grey and the synthesis is bordered by a 60 cm wide decorative border, composed of a running spiral around a synthesis of meanders and squares.

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The detail of the work is amazing, in the depiction of the horses, the persons, and the chariots, and also the harmony of the colors.

The work is dated along with the tomb to the last quarter of the 4th century BC, and has suffered from time in its center where an 80cm gap has emerged in the mosaic. However many of the components have been found and some effort will be made by archeologists to reconstruct the work, in order to get a fuller picture of the image.

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The mosaic floor to the east and west have yet to be uncovered , as removal of dirt and support work is still ongoing. To the south of the mosaic floor and between the pedestals of the Caryatids there is a door step of porous stone covered in white overlay. To the north of the floor archeologists revealed the marble doorstep of the door leading to the third chamber, decorated with an ionic wave form on its lower part.

Two more pieces of the marble door were found right beneath the opening towards the third chamber.

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