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Table 4 Summary table

From: First insights into the archaeometric analysis of the Los Amores Mosaic in Cástulo (Linares, Spain): the Judgement of Paris

Material Colour Characterization Tesserae Location
Stone White Limestone 5, 41, 75 Background of the scene and Hera’s dress
Grey Limestone 33, 44 Folds in Hera’s dress, the stalks of the plant motifs and the shadow of Hermes’ foot
Beige Dolomitic rock 14, 52, 56, 71, 72 Skin and clothing
Red Ironstone 18, 19, 20, 23, 45, 59, 60, 87, 88 Clothing, the ear of an ox, the dog at Paris’ side
Limestone 21, 22, 89, 90 Clothing, the mouth of an ox, Paris’ hand, Hermes’ hair, Athena’s helmet
Dolomitic limestone 40, 54, 58, 63, 76
Black Limestone 34, 42 Tree and the ox close to Paris
Mudrocks (black shales) 93, 94, 95 Heras’ hair and outer perimeter around the scene
Mudrocks (shales) + TiO2 43, 78, 79, 80 Shadow lines of Aphrodite and Athena`s feet
Yellow Silicified limestone 39, 74 Hera’s headwear, Athena’s shield, one of the oxen
Glass Red Cu(I) (chr.) 13, 15, 46 Paris’ clothing and Hermes’ chlamys
Black Pb-rich glass 24, 27, 49, 77, 81, 82, BT Vegetable and clothing
Blue Dark blue: Co(II) (chr.) + Calcium antimonate (op.) 1, 2, 3, 69, 73 Paris and Hermes’ chlamys
Light blue: Cu(II) (chr.) + Calcium antimonate (op.) 9, 10, 11, 12, 47, 68, 91 Paris, Hermes, Aphrodite, Athena and Hera
Green Light turquoise: Cu(II) + lead antimonate (high) 32, 64, 83, 92 Clothes of Athenea and Aphrodite, and in vegetable motifs (trees, schrubs) depicted near Paris
Dark turquoise: Cu(II) + lead antimonate (low) 28, 29, 30, 37, 38, 66, 84, 85
Intense green: Cu(II) 6, 7, 8, 48, GT
Orange Cu from bronze and/or brass (chr.) 36, 55, 57, 70 Hermes’ chlamys and the apple, also found in Athena’s helmet and the dog at Paris’ side
Yellow Lead antimonite (chr.) 50, 51, 53, 61, 62 Hera’s headwear, in details on Hermes’ head
35 Paris’ clothes and the frame around the Medusa’s head on Athena’s breast
  1. Colours and characterization of tesserae. chr. chromophore, op. opacifier, BT loose black tesserae, GT loose green tesserae