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Euterpe

<p>Mosaic depicting Euterpe, muse of music, 2nd century AD,&nbsp;<em>opus vermiculatum</em>&nbsp;on ceramic</p>

Mosaic depicting Euterpe, muse of music, 2nd century AD, opus vermiculatum on ceramic

Mosaic showing Euterpe, the muse of music, discovered in the Roman villa of Els Munts (Altafulla).

It shows a female bust with aulos ―or double flute ― and a feather headdress, attributes of Euterpe, one of the nine muses. Executed in opus vermiculatum, the mosaic is inserted into a ceramic piece which acts simultaneously as a support and frame. The piece is impeccably executed and reveals excellent artistry, which may be attributed to a workshop in the centre of Italy.

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