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Centcelles

Mosaic dome

View of the mosaic dome from the villa at Centcelles.

View of the mosaic dome from the villa at Centcelles.

The dome is entirely covered with a polychrome mosaic with scenes divided into three sections: the lower frieze shows a hunt; the middle frieze scenes from the Old and New Testaments, separated by columns, and the top frieze shows the four seasons, alternating with four scenes showing a seated personage accompanied by others. The composition converges on a central medallion, of which only a group of small heads remains.

This is the oldest-known dome mosaic with Christian imagery from the Roman world.

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