It is believed that this marble and glass mosaic once decorated the floor of a large public building, sometime during the first half of the sixth century. It depicts Ktisis, the personification of the act of generous donation or foundation, holding the measuring tool for the Roman foot. To her right, a smaller well-dressed man extends towards her a cornucopia as a gift.

What I love about this well-known Byzantine mosaic is the detail of Ktisis gorgeous face. Just look at those stunning eyes! The bejeweled crown and ears also add greatly to her allure.

Photo credit: The mosaic fragment of Ktisis is used and license under the terms of the Metropolitan Museums of Arts terms of use (for personal enjoyment, study, educational purposes and scholarly publication OASC).

 

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