Roman-era mosaic back in Israel as centrepiece of new museum

Israeli authorities on Monday dedicated a new museum near Tel Aviv to a magnificent Roman-era mosaic returning to its original home after years of touring the world’s top museums.

The mosaic, with vibrant colours that have survived the passage of time, measures around 17 by nine metres (55 by 30 feet), depicting roaring lions, elephants in battle, giraffes and dolphins, as well as fruits, flowers in baskets, and sailing vessels.