19th Century Grand Tour Italian Micromosaic Panel of Pliny's Doves
19th century Italian micromosaic panel depicting the Doves of Pliny, also known as the Capitoline Doves. Housed in it’s original carved, ebonized and giltwood frame. Excellent quality. Mosaic: 4 × 5 1/4 inches; framed: 6 78 × 8 1/4 inches.
Note: Sosus of Pergamon was a Greek mosaic artist of the second century BC who originally created the image of a group of doves resting on a round golden bowl. One dove drinks while the others sun themselves. The original mosaic, which was created by Sosus for Hadrian’s Villa, is now in the Capitoline Museums. This image was used repeatedly in the late 19th and early 20th century as Grand Tour items.