Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis, 500–550, Byzantine, made of marble and glass. This beautiful work is typical of the exceptional mosaics created throughout the Byzantine world in the 500s.
The partially restored Greek inscription near her head identifies her as Ktisis, the personification of the act of generous donation or foundation. To emphasize her role as donor, she holds the measuring tool for the Roman foot. On her right a man extends a cornucopia toward her as if offering a gift; the Greek word for “good” is near his head. Originally a similar figure probably appeared to her left, and an inscription by his head would have completed the legend “Good wishes.” (met)
Courtesy & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photos taken by Neil R & Mary Harrsch.