Dolphin Mosaics

Sea animals were a pretty common theme in ancient Roman mosaics. The House of Africa museum at El Djem has an impressive collection of mosaics that were excavated from old Roman houses in the vicinity. El Djem was previously called Thysdrus in Roman times. One of the houses contained a number of mosaics featuring dolphins.

Dolphins and Swans in a mosaic that looks more like a tapestry than a stone mosaic
Dolphins and Swans in a mosaic that looks more like a tapestry than a stone mosaic. Both dolphins and swans were favourites of Apollo
Close up of the Dolphins and the swans from the mosaic- El Djem
Close up of the Dolphins and the swans from the mosaic- El Djem, Thysdrus
Sea nymph, Sea horse and dolphins
Sea nymph, Sea horse and dolphins
Close up of the dolphins from the sea nymph mosaic
Close up of the dolphins from the sea nymph mosaic

I don’t know about you but I think all the dolphins look a bit grumpy or sad.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    They look pre-occupied like they are wondering what’s for dinner.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      ha ha ha

  2. Nirmala says:

    They do look a bit sad!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Do they look sad to you?

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