The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory allegedly deriving from the customs of ancient Greece, particularly regarding supplication to both the gods and persons in power, and is found in most cultures of the Mediterranean basin
By creating this beauiful cloassical mosaic we are proud to be expand our studio portfolio towards a 1500 years old mosaic technique using Marble and Italian Smalti.
This mosaic method called the double-reverse technique is also referred to as the "Ravenna Technique" because it is still used heavily today in cities such as the modern-day Ravenna. The method was passed on through many generations and had been originated the Byzantine times, before being adopted by the Romans.
The beauty of this method is that the mosaic artist is able to see the final look of the mosaic from the initial stages. This is something really valuable in terms of mosaic techniques because most of the times, in the modern world of the mosaic, the artist will only be able to see the whole mosaic coming together at the end of it's processed after the grouting and therefore perhaps a stage too late for accepting changes.
In this method the tesserae are set into a temporary bed of putty, slaked lime, or clay, where they can be placed and moved at will until the wanted effect is achieved. This temporary base will remain moist for quite a long time, even months as long as it is covered with plastic.
Once finished, the mosaic is lifted and cleaned, and glued on its final destination, typically wooden board, furniture, objects. In order to achieve these beautiful individually cut tesserae (small pieces of marble or Smalti) we have been using traditional tools, such as the hammer and hardie. This method allows us to understand the different hardnesses of each type of marble and colors and give us an intimate inside in the culture and the art of the past.
In Inches 9 H x 9 D
In Centimeters 22.8 H x 22.8 D