Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Art from the Great Palace Mosaic Museum

Next to the Blue Mosque at Arasta Bazaar in Istanbul is the Great Palace Mosaic Museum. It costs 10 Turkish Lira to enter (equivalent to $3.70), which is a small price to pay in order to see mosaics from the Byzantine period.

In the first image below, I am struck by how similar this image is to the eagle and snake symbol from the Mexican flag, which is taken from Aztec iconography. Similar images, developed in isolation from each other. I took a Mesoamerican Art course and minored in Classics in college, so seeing this reminded me of those years. I also visited Italy at the age of 11, which spurred my interest in world cultures and travel.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Great Palace Mosaic Museum.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Great cats and mythical beasts.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Great Palace Mosaic Museum.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Great Palace Mosaic Museum.

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