About this artwork
This image of a grazing camel probably came from a larger composition with other animals that decorated the floor of a semipublic space within a private home, such as a reception or dining room. This animal is represented against a white ground decorated with florets. A bell hangs from the camel’s neck as it reaches toward an object, perhaps a vessel filled with water, at the lower right. The knobby contours of the camel’s body are accentuated by areas of shading in subtly modulated colors, including black, brown, brick red, and olive green.
- Mosaic Fragment with Grazing Camel
- Byzantine Empire
- 301 CE–500 CE
- Stone in mortar
- 143 × 166.5 × 6.5 cm (56 1/4 × 61 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer