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Embroidered panel

Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel
5 June to 2  November 2014

A rare Roman mosaic pavement excavated in Israel forms the centrepiece of this special exhibition held in the Stables Coach House at Waddesdon Manor from 05 June to 02 November 2014.In 1996 a splendid series of Roman mosaic floors was accidentally discovered during local road works in Lod, just outside Tel Aviv in Israel (Lydda in the Ancient World). Finally excavated in 2009 by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the largest and most elaborate of these will be displayed at Waddesdon Manor in 2014, having toured a number of museums in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Field Museum, Chicago, the Louvre and Altes Museum in Berlin. Click here for more information.


Also on show at Waddeston Manor are seven embroidered panels depicting interiors from the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. This set of extraordinary embroidered hangings was ‘export stopped’ by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England. The hangings have been acquired by The Rothschild Foundation and complement the important textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. No similar works have yet been identified in museums or private collections anywhere in the world, making this set of embroideries an extremely rare survival. Their origin is puzzling, since it is not clear where they were made or what purpose they served. However, the richness of the materials and the sacred nature of the subject matter suggest that they were intended for use in a religious setting and were holy objects in their own right.

On display until 28 October at Waddesdon Manor


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Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel is a special exhibition showcasing a rare Roman mosaic pavement excavated in Israel held in the Stables Coach House at Waddesdon Manor from 05 June to 02 November 2014.


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