Location in the architectural complex:
A third dimensional effect achieved by shading, high technical exacution. Red, white, black, yellow, brown, white and blue tessarae.
160 per sq dm tesserae.
The reconstructed composition features an outer border (F28) of overlapping squares in white, red and black followed by a black line and a facing inwards red wave crest (B7). The west side has two wider spaced rows of indented squares (type E). The main design of the border (68 cm wide) consists of squares (30x30 cm) containing beribboned birds on a white background, spaced within squares of double meanders which form a swastika. The double meanders are composed of two intersecting bands, one in red-brown and the other gray-blue, the bands continue, framing the squares. The birds, identified as hunting falcons (Tsafrir,Y, Drori, R, Hirschfeld, Y. 1979) each with a ribbon around its neck, are all alike in shape and color. They are rendered in light shades within a dark counter line. The central design of the pavement (3.85 m. x 6.50.m) consists of elongated hexagons with two concave ends. The hexagons, 30 in all, are arranged in pairs of five rows containing three hexagons each. These interlock to create various geometrical shapes (H5). The result appears illusionistic and elaborate due to the shading of intermediate colors.
Only the northwest corner has been completely preserved. The ribbon around the birds neck is perhaps decorative in nature and not indicative if its type as a hunting falcon. The nave mosaic is on display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
The Synagogue at Na'aran mosaic is closest in size and contents.