Mosaics: Everything You Need To Create Five Original Masterpieces From Ancient Cultures (Ethnographer's Toolkit)

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A fascinating look at some of the most exquisite mosaics produced by past civilizations such as the ancient Minoans, Mycaenaens, Romans, Byzantines, and Aztecs. Simple historic descriptions accompany information on techniques, themes, and materials. Both children and adults will enjoy learning how to recreate 6 fantastic versions of their own mosaics with colorful plastic tiles and easy step-by-step instructions. Liven up your home with ancient mosaics from different cultures.

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Did you know that the "Asaroton floor motif" was invented by Sosus of Pergamun in about 150 B.C.? Well, now you do, and, if you get this mosaic-making kit, you can find out what "asaroton" means, too. Along with a little history of Greek, Byzantine, Islamic, and other artistic styles, the booklet gives you full instructions on turning out your own mosaic projects. Armed with plastic tweezers, a glue pen, five templates, and hundreds of colored plastic "tesserae," or mosaic pieces, you are fully equipped to try your hand at this ancient art--and you may feel the need to supply your own toga. As the packaging warns, the tesserae are an obvious choking hazard; the glue pen also needs close supervision, or else replacement--in our sample it was almost impossible to remove the top without breaking the glue cartridge. (It's a mistake to become part of the mosaic yourself!) Nonetheless, kids who like crafts will enjoy creating their own mosaics and will discover that they have accidentally learned a significant chunk of art history. (Ages 4 to 7) --Richard Farr

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