opus sectile

Opus sectile panel: tiger attacking a calf. Coloured marbles, Roman artwork from the second quarter of the 4th century CE. From the basilica of Junius Bassus on the Esquiline Hill. Capitoline Museums.

Source: Wikipedia.


Mosaics of Villa del Casale.

Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy.

The Villa del Casale is a late Roman villa decorated with mosaics as well as  marble revetments, frescoes, brick pavement in the peristyle, and opus sectile flooring in the basilica.

The Cosmati Pavement mosaic floor of the High Altar of Westminster Abbey laid down in 1268. The workmen came from Rome, with a man called Odoricus at their head. The pavement belongs to a type of inlaid stone decoration known as Cosmati work, after one of the families of craftsmen who specialized in it and the technique is called opus sectile, ‘cut work’.