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Detail of the Stag Hunt mosaic floor, Pella archaeological site, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

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 polychrome mosaic is 3.24 x 3.17 metres. The central emblema (panel) shows two young men, naked apart from cloaks, and a hunting dog killing a stag. It has been suggested that the hunters may be Alexander the Great (right) and Hephaistion (see gallery page 17).

Along the top of the scene the artist Gnoseis (Γνῶσεις) has signed his name in white tesserae, "ΓΝΩΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΟΗΣΕΝ" (Gnoseis epoesen, Gnoseis made this), the earliest known artist's signature on a mosaic. The image has a thin frame of white tesserae, surrounded by a continuous decorative border with a floral motif, and an outer frame of black and white spiral waves.

Apart from the monochrome frames, the artist has used a limited "palette" of black, white, red, and yellow stones, plus a few green, roughly corresponding to the four-colour palette used by some Greek painters of the 4th century BC, as mentioned by ancient authors (Cicero and Pliny the Elder, see Aetion).

The signature of Gnoseis on the Stag Hunt mosaic, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

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
More photos and information
about mosaics
on My Favourite Planet

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

Ancient mosaics depicting the Gorgon Medusa

Mosaics from Pompeii signed by Dioskourides of Samos

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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Athens (Aristotle's Lyceum)






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