emblemata

Encyclopedia

emblemata

central panel with figure representations-people, animals, and other objects-or occasionally another featured design motif in a Hellenistic or Roman mosaic. Emblemata were usually executed in opus vermiculatum, very fine work with tiny tesserae (stone, ceramic glass, or other hard cubes), and surrounded by floral or geometric designs in coarser mosaic work

Learn more about emblemata with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: emblema
Next Definition: emblematic
Words Near: emblemata
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for emblemata
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing emblemata
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature