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The Lod Mosaic is a loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center.

This presentation was supported by the Louvre International Circle, in association with the American Friends of the Louvre, the Fondation du Judaïsme français, The Selz Foundation, The David Berg Foundation, The Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund together with the Embassy of Israel in France and Hicham Aboutaam, Phoenix Ancient Art.

This presentation has been produced with the assistance of The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

In a remarkable state of preservation, this extensive Roman mosaic was discovered in Lod in 1996, during the construction of a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

It was part of a large pavement covering the floor of what was probably a reception room in a house. Made up of marble and limestone tesserae and cubes of glass paste, it offers a richly detailed portrait of the animal world in all its diversity. Human activities are referred to by the presence of two boats sailing among the marine life in the mosaic's lower part.

Presented side by side with the Antioch Four Seasons Mosaic and not far from the new exhibition areas devoted to the East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire, the Lod Mosaic is being specially put on show in Paris before its return to the Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center, currently being built on the site of the discovery.

Organized by: Cécile Giroire, curator in the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Musée du Louvre.

Practical information

From May 22 to August 19, 2013

Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Denon wing, ground floor, Cour du Sphinx, room 31