It is hard to determine my favorite mosaic because the use of colors and shadowing made nearly every image stand out and seem epic. My first picture is of a much deteriorated image of a lion attacking its prey. So much of this mosaic is lost that we only see the shadows in the muscles of the lion and the blood flowing from the victim so that a lot of this image is left to our imagination.
This mosaic immediately made me smile because it was only ten steps from the previous image where the lion was the predator. Now this image is depicting an elephant showing a lion its true strength. Once again, the coloring of the elephant’s muscles clamped around the lion’s neck is so diverse that the artist(s) of these mosaics must have spent just as much time in dying the tiles as they did in their placement.
On the far south side of the building there were many plaques and photos of the excavation and restoration of the mosaics in the Mosaic Museum. Here is an example of how the images looked prior to the color restoration process. Due to soil corrosion, pollution of the bustling city, and the salt-bearing aerosols from being so close to the sea had made the mosaics lose a lot of their true colors. However, through a recent development the excavators were able to enhance the colors with a dolomitic rock flour.