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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 80    1965  page 91

Excavations at Eccles, 1964: Third Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

the large Gladiatorial Mosaic from Reims.25 No fragments resembling a face have yet been seen, but the face could well be obscured by a helmet as in the gladiators from Reims.
   Orange, yellow and blue/grey tesserae predominate in the gladiatorial panel, but these tesserae are not to be found in the fragments associated with the aquarium scene. The workmanship is not so fine, and the floor surface gives the impression of having been ground down and smoothed by the mosaicist. The grinding could not have been caused by general wear, suggesting that the mosaic was in use for only a short time.

General Scheme of the Gladiatorial Mosaic
The pair of gladiators would have probably featured in the square central panel, bordered by a single band of guilloche. Many fragments of perspective box pattern survive, and this design may have surrounded the main panel. Set into the perspective box pattern would have been a number of boxes containing rosette designs with tendrils radiating from between the leaves; smaller boxes contained a leaf and stalk motif. A wide band of guilloche and a white border would have surrounded the design; some of this white border was found in situ. (Frontispiece).

Possible Aquarium Scene
Very few fragments survive, and from these I can only interpret the reconstruction as a dolphin. The tesserae used in this work are much finer than those used in the gladiatorial scene, all measuring approximately inch square. None of the orange, yellow and blue/grey stones appear, and the black outline tesserae are of a different shade. A purple/ red stone features in some fragments, but this colour is not to be found in the gladiatorial panel.
   The surface of these stones is also different, and they appear to have either had much wear or, more probably, to have been subjected to water, which has dissolved the mortar from between the tesserae; it is, therefore, possible that this mosaic came from the cold plunge-bath (Room 31).
   26 H. Stern, Recueil General des Mosaiques de la Gaule, I. Province de Belgique, 1. Partie Oueso, Gallia, Xe Supplement, Paris, 1957, pls. XIII, 15, and XII, 9.

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