(third from left, with crown) wears a purple robe (the color of royalty).
Triangular shapes repeat on her left simulating the fall of a large sleeve,
but where is the arm? Where is her arm attached to her shoulder? From her
wrist, the fabric moves vertically downward. Where are her waist, hips, knees
etc.? No matter whether a person is wearing a down-filled coat, oversized
T-shirt, or baggy pants, basic body parts can still be located, especially
shoulder line, elbow, hips, and knees. Members of Theodora's retinue wear clothing
that is either flat with minimal to no hills and valleys or covered with
vertical lines, more reminiscent of clothing on a hanger than on a body. In
this mosaic, the artist represented clothing as shapes, patterns, lines, and as
compositional elements of design - as drapery.