Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lod Mosaic heading to Russia

THE JERUSALEM POST: Unique 1,700-year old Lod mosaic from Israel to visit Russia. A tractor building a road serendipitously uncovered a tiger's tail, leading to a stone menagerie. (Ariel David).
Not only rock stars go on global tours. Great works of art do so too, and after being buried for 1,700 years, the Lod mosaic is taking the world by storm.

The ancient masterpiece, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman mosaics ever found, will be exhibited at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, starting December.

It is the first joint archeological exhibition of Israel and the Hermitage, renowned for its vast collections of antiquities and paintings, say the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hermitage.

Much background on the Lod Mosaic and its recent international tour of museums is here and links. The post also contains links to coverage of many other ancient mosaics.