Turkey: Byzantine Mosaics in Urfa - paulsmit
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’Zebra in Byzantine mosaic in Urfa.’

	Tesserae (mosaic stones) made of rocks from the riverbed of the Euphrates were used to depict a black man leading a zebra.
The 5/6 th century floor mosaic can be found in the "Villa of the Amazons", a palatial house, that probably belonged to an important administrator of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, who lived in Edessa (nowadays called Urfa). The remains of the villa were discovered in 2006 near the center of Urfa, which is located 45 km south of the Euphrates. Photo Mick Palarczyk.