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Pella Archaeological site. Detail of the Stag Hunt mosaic floor, 4th century BC.
|The Stag Hunt mosaic floor in Room D of the "House of the Abduction of Helen" (also known as House 1.5, see gallery page 4).
The mosaic is 3.24 x 3.17 metres. The central panel shows two young men, naked apart from cloaks, and a hunting dog killing a stag. The image is surrounded by a decorative border with a floral motif. At the top of the central panel it is signed "ΓΝΩΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΟΗΣΕΝ" (Gnoseis epoesen, Gnoseis created this), the earliest known artist's signature on a mosaic.
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Detail of the central panel of the Stag Hunt mosaic showing the signature of Gnoseis.
See another rare signature by an ancient mosaic artist on Pergamon gallery 2, page 12.
|Mosaics in Pella:
pebble mosaic floor
Stag Hunt mosaic
Abduction of Helen mosaic
Dionysos riding a panther
Lion Hunt mosaic
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A mosaic of Dionysos and "Sleeping Ariadne" from Ephesus,
now in the Izmir Archaeological Museum, Turkey:
Selcuk photo gallery 2
The "Alexander Mosaic" from Pompeii, depicting
Alexander the Great in battle with King Darius III:
Alexander the Great
in our People section
A Hellenistic mosaic, signed by Hephaistion, from Pergamon,
now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany:
Pergamon photo gallery 2
A 2nd century AD mosaic featuring the head of Medusa,
from Piraeus, now in the Archaeological Museum, Athens:
Pergamon photo gallery 2
Mosaics at Dion Archaeological Site, Macedonia, Greece:
Dion: garden of the Gods
at the Cheshire Cat Blog
"Choklakia" mosaics in Kastellorizo, Greece:
Kastellorizo photo gallery
Mosaics of Saint John the Theologian, on Patmos, Greece:
Patmos photo gallery
Modern mosaic commemorating Saint Paul
the Apostle's visit to Veria, Macedonia, Greece:
Veria photo gallery
See also a mosaic mural made by the author of this guide:
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