National Geographic : 1957 Feb
© National Geographic Society 226 Guards on Horseback Convoy Oxen Past Leopard and Lion at Their Kills Wild animals of more than 50 kinds predominate in the mosaics of Piazza Armerina, suggesting that the owner was passionately fond of the chase. Though they used vivid colors, Maximian's artisans did not sacrifice form. Details in this episode of the Great Hunting Scene indicate that its designers knew their subjects firsthand. Here blood gushes from the nostrils of an addax bearing a spotted executioner on its back. The lion turns from its kill and snarls at intruders. A Roman teamster and his Moorish assistant urge their yoked brutes to greater speed. Contemporary artists portrayed drivers, hunters, and others in exact dress of the times.