Larger than normal micro mosaic panel in enamelled gold frame. Most probably from a box. Depicting Pliny’s doves. The origin of the design is probably by the only known mosaic artist of the ancient era a Greek named Sosus of Pergamon. Pliny the elder writes about this work, and when the excavations of Rome in the eighteenth century unearth Emperor Hadrien’s villa and in it o copy of the mosaic described by Pliny, / the mosaic is in the Capitoline Museum in Rome / the mosaic was to be known as Pliny’s doves.
Eighteenth century Grand Tour visitors to Rome would have given rise to the phenomenal rise in the interest of Ancient Roman culture, its visual arts and spawned an industry that produced very high quality souvenir artifacts that later on became collectible in their own right.
No damage , no repair, good condition.
Diameter of plaque including gold frame: 75 mm