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The Mosaics of Hisham's Palace at Khirbat al-Mafjar in Their Late Antique Context

The Mosaics of Hisham's Palace at Khirbat al-Mafjar in Their Late Antique Context

British Institute Amman events

11 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00

CBRL Amman (The British Institute in Amman), 102 Uhod Street, Tla' Al 'Ali
11953

Since its publication in the 1950s, the mosaic pavement of the Umayyad bathhouse at Khirbat al-Mafjar, Hisham’s Palace, in Palestine, has delighted historians of Islamic art. This paper examines the geometric mosaics of the building, placing them in their regional Syro-Palestinian context as the heirs of a great tradition that was strong in Syria, the region at the centre of the Umayyad world. The mosaics have their roots in the fourth-century experimentation with geometric patterns as motifs…

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