Monday, May 04, 2015

Ancient mosaics seriously damaged during restoration in Turkey’s Hatay

At least 10 mosaics, held in the world’s second largest mosaic museum in Turkey’s southern city of Antakya, were seriously damaged during restoration, a local newspaper has reported.

The scandal erupted after local mosaic craftsman Mehmet Daşkapan brought the issue to the attention of a local newspaper in Antakya.

“Valuable pieces from the Roman period have been ruined. They have become caricatures of their former selves. Some are in an especially poor condition and have lost their originality and value,” Daşkapan said.

Among the damaged mosaics are world-famous panels including a mosaic depicting the sacrifice of Isaac and a mosaic of Narcissus, he added.

“The panel that I saw could not have been the original mosaic from the 2nd century A.D. 

Some of its stones are missing, while others have been misplaced, creating a discordant look,” Daşkapan stated........(more Photos/

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