Departments — 04 February 2016
‘Rock star’ Roman mosaic coming to FIU Miami

By Mark Gauert

An old rock star – real rock, and really old – is coming to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU in Miami.

The Lod Mosaic, a 3rd-century CE mosaic from the Eastern Roman Empire uncovered in 1996 in modern-day Israel, will open at the museum Feb. 10 and be on display through May 15. The exhibition, entitled Predators and Prey – for the menagerie of animals depicted in the ancient limestone-tile floor – will debut with a reception open to the public on Feb. 10 (RSVP recommended in advance to, It’s the last stop for the mosaic on a world tour that has included exhibitions at The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum in New York and The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 “We are absolutely delighted and honored to have been afforded this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exhibit a significant work from Roman antiquity,” says Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s director. “The Lod Mosaic’s excellent state of preservation and the [Israel Antiquities Authority]’s superior conservation allow us to appreciate how the finest mosaic work can bring alive the ancient world.”

The FIU exhibition will also include a portion of the mosaic that has never traveled outside of Israel. The panel from the same excavation site as the larger mosaic depicts a gold-flecked calyx krater, a vessel used for wine, and numerous birds, including peacocks. While their full history is unknown, the mosaics were likely the floors of a triclinium, a formal dining room in a private home.

The museum on the FIU campus, at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami, is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 305-348-2890 or visit


PHOTO/by Mark Gauert

Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, looks in on the installation this week of the Lod Mosaic, a 3rd-century mosaic from the Eastern Roman Empire excavated in modern-day Israel. The exhibition will run Feb. 10-May 15.

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