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Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

Mosaic of Medusa

<p>Detail of the central emblem of the Medusa mosaic, 2nd-3rd centuries AD,&nbsp;<em>opus vermiculatum</em>, 1.92 &times; 4.67 m (emblem,&nbsp;<strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">57,7 &times; 57 cm)</span></strong></p>

Detail of the central emblem of the Medusa mosaic, 2nd-3rd centuries AD, opus vermiculatum, 1.92 × 4.67 m (emblem, 57,7 × 57 cm)

This head of Medusa is the central emblem of a mosaic floor inspired by the myth of Perseus, of which a part is preserved executed in situ by a master craftsman -- in which the scene of Perseus and Andromeda predominates-- as well as this exceptional central emblem, which was imported.

It is the best of the mosaics hitherto discovered in Tarraco. Having come from the residential area of the Roman city, it would have been part of the floor decoration of a domus.

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