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Mosaics are images created by setting many small pieces of glass, stone, or other materials into a surface — and they're one of the oldest forms of artwork in the world. Mesopotamian mosaics have been found dating to 3000 BCE, and mosaics were a cornerstone of interior design and architecture in Ancient Greece, Rome and all over the Islamic world.

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"Know Thyself" Skeleton Mosaic, Ancient Rome

"Know Thyself" Skeleton Mosaic

c. 100 CE
Mosaic Floor with Head of Medusa, Ancient Rome

Mosaic Floor with Head of Medusa

115 CE-150 CE
Floor Mosaic with Ktisis, Byzantine Art

Floor Mosaic with Ktisis

500 CE-550 CE
Portable Icon with the Virgin Eleousa, Medieval Art

Portable Icon with the Virgin Eleousa

Mihrab — Prayer Niche, Medieval Persian Art

Mihrab — Prayer Niche

755 CE-1355
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