Roman mosaic fish from the Palazzo Massimo Museum, Rome - an idea of a new bathroom mosaic which is part of next year’s mosaic plan: http://helenmilesmosaics.org/mosaics-miscellaneous/mosaic-work/
Guest blog post (by me) on the mosaics of Thessaloniki, Greece. This one is from the 4th century rotunda which was originally built as a mausoleum and served time as a church as well as a mosque. http://mosaicology.blogspot.gr/
Archaeological Museum of Isthmia:
One of Isthmia’s gorgeous glass tile panels that were retrieved from the seabed of the ancient port of Kechreai. The panels had been imported from Egypt and were meant for the decoration of the “Nympaion”. However the panels never made it due to an earthquake- part of the port sunk in the sea in 375 A.D. The chests containg them were discovered at the seabed of the ancient port and wherever the panels touched their surfaces were stuck to each other. In almost every case what is viewed today is their back surface. Upon their discovery the panels were sent to the Corning Glass Museum in USA where they received their first restoration.
In the museum only a few of the panels are exhibited. Due to a problematic initial conservation and the poor climate conditions in the museum, for the next 30 years the panels detoriated. Today they remain stored in a custom made chamber in special conditions, where one can see them with a special permission. A full scale active conservation protocol based on scientific research is under way.
edit: the panels were meant for the Nymphaion not the temple of Isis. (sorry)
I spent a month working the archaeological dig with the Kenchreai team this past Summer. Our base was out of the Isthmia Museum, the site was under 5 miles away. The culture from the later Roman period was rich with fun artifacts. I got to see a lot of the pieces not available to the public and I know personally now a lot of the people who were involved in the discovery/recovery process of the above panels!
Nguni woman’s beaded apron