opus tesselatum

opus tesselatum

A pavement with designs executed in pieces of different-colored tesserae, of larger size and more regular form than the pieces used in mosaic.
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O mosaico, um opus tesselatum policromatico, representa o momento em que a ninfa, sacerdotisa de Gaia, e perseguida por Apolo ate Dafne, o distrito que mais tarde portara o seu nome.
It was not until the Romans, however, that the invention of durable, waterproof cement made possible the close fitting of pavements of Opus Tesselatum, the basic mosaics so popular in private villas and public buildings through the Roman Empire.