© 2016 by Shulamit Ron

Hisham Palace Mosaic

Hisham's Palace is located north of Jericho and is one of the finest examples of early Islamic architecture. The palace dates to the 8th century. In the bath complex of the palace there is a beautiful mosaic depicting a tree of life. I have not had the privilege of seeing this mosaic in person, but it captured my imagination when I saw it in a book on archeology. It is interesting to note that this image is often reproduced in Armenian pottery. 

 

The wall hanging is a rather faithful reproduction of the main mosaic. It has a stunning presence and whenever it was exhibited it had a magnetic appeal to the audience. 

 

Hand dyed and commercial fabrics. Machine applique and quilting, hand beading. Fabric markers were used for creating shadow and three-dimensional effects.

 

68x62”

 

170x154 cm