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Mosaicists, workshops, and the repertory

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The identity of artists and mosaicists of synagogue and church pavements can be deduced partly from inscriptions on them which sometimes mention the artist by both name and deed, or a prayer dedicated to or commemorating the artists, and sometimes both. Mosaicists and workshops might be identified by analysis of stylistic and technical idiosyncrasy of the mosaic, as well as by examination of the motifs and patterns. Identity could be determined by theme preference, resemblance of ornamentation details, similarity of techniques used, and stylistic and typical features. The Tabgha church pavements are the work of a great 5th-century master. The transept's two panels show Nilotic flora and fauna, perhaps employing the traditional repertory of the earth's fertility and wealth in a special design.

Keywords:church pavements; inscriptions; mosaicists; repertory; workshops



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