Lod Mosaic

The exhibition is made possible by Diane Carol Brandt in memory of Ruth and Benjamin Brandt.

Additional support is provided by Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman and The David Berg Foundation.

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The Lod Mosaic: The Discovery of an Ancient Roman Mosaic

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The Lod Mosaic, discovered in Lod, Israel, in 1996, was lifted out of the archeological site for conservation in 2009. The lift produced fascinating insight into how the mosaic was laid some seventeen hundred years ago. This short video, produced by the Metropolitan Museum from footage provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority, documents this historic process.

Miriam Avissar, archaeologist, Israel Antiquities Authority; Jaques Neguer, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority Art Conservation Branch

Read an in-depth Now at the Met article about the Lod Mosaic by Curator Christopher Lightfoot.

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Special Exhibition: The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

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Curator Christopher Lightfoot brings to life the colorful animals of air, land, and sea that populate a large floor mosaic from the ancient Roman Empire that was discovered accidentally in 1996 during road construction in Israel.

The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

September 28, 2010–April 3, 2011

First discovered in 1996 during construction on the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway in Lod (formerly Lydda), Israel, this large and impressive mosaic floor has only recently been uncovered and was displayed briefly in situ to the public in Israel during the summer of 2009. Believed to belong to a large house owned by a wealthy Roman in about A.D. 300, the mosaic comprises a large square panel with a central medallion depicting various exotic animals and two rectangular end panels, one of which represents a marine scene of fish and ships. The floor, which adorned a richly appointed audience room, is extremely well preserved and highly colorful. It has now been removed from the ground and is being first exhibited to the general public here at the Metropolitan Museum. The Lod Mosaic is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center.