This is a tiny section of one of the many mosaics that are attached to the walls of the museum. This mosaic went from about eight feet above the floor (out of reach) almost to the ceiling (two floors up), and covered almost the whole width of the building to the right of the arches you can see in this picture - it's perhaps twenty or thirty yards wide.
To get an idea of the sheer size of some of these mosaics I've uploaded a not-so-good picture of the edge of another one showing the bricks alongside it. The bricks are narrow (top to bottom) and perhaps five of six inches wide.
There's also another picture showing a whole mosaic that's attached to the wall between arches to the left of the building. To give you an idea of scale, it's on a vertical wall behind where these staff are sitting.
I recently read that 'they' have discovered evidence of mass production of parts of mosaics, so it's possible that some of the patterns could be bought and shipped almost as 'kits' - the rope design and square and triangular lozenges here would perhaps have been made that way. Individual characters, such as the face to the right, will probably have been designed specially for the individual client, as commissioned work.
If you'd like to know more about this amazing Museum and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits
please take a look the text accompanying other pictures I've uploaded.
They can be found - here -.
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